[Important Note: If you have been feeding your companion animals commercial pet foods, you may be jeopardizing their health. Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled—is what often goes into pet food. Many of these animals have died of infections and other diseases. In all but a few states, it is legal to remove unusable parts from chickens and sell them to pet food manufacturers. Most pet foods contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics that are found in commercial meat products for humans. If you are concerned about your companion animals’ health and about the cruelty of the meat industry, now is the time to stop buying meat-based commercial pet food. about healthy vegetarian dog and cat food options.]
Companion® Kibbles & Munchy Morsels Beef & Chicken Dog Food.
Clearly, few companies asserted that they had used feeding trials or independent laboratory verification of nutritional composition. Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company provided some insights into the possible reasons for this: “Many brands send their foods to third-party laboratories to make sure they meet their guaranteed analyses, which typically doesn’t include the complete AAFCO breakdown as that would cost a few thousand dollars more—and no one makes that in profit on a batch of food. This is why manufacturers rely on help from their vitamin and mineral premix suppliers for help when formulated (sic) the food. They would assist in the inclusion rates and the knowledgeable ones would even provide degradation results for the age and processing of certain vitamins”.
Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice
PetGuard asserted that, “In addition to independent laboratory tests for determining the level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in our finished diets, we conduct home feeding studies to determine the performance of our diets in an actual home environment. It is an ongoing program for our dog and cat foods. The only compensation these pet parents receive for completing health and behavioural forms six times per year—and submitting the yearly veterinarian check-up report—is the foods themselves. Canned, kibble, treats or snacks, all are evaluated. We have done this for the past 20 years and are confident and pleased with our data that shows our diets perform, as a single source diet should, for the long term health and long life of our study group’s companions (average 16 years for canines and 18 years for felines)”.
Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice