SFVS’s Ella Woods spoke out on the “pet-food-choosing process” in the SF Gate Tails of the City blog (in response to the Consumer Reports study, which reported that price isn’t an indicator of quality, according to the veterinarians interviewed).
“In my experience, cheap foods are just not as nutritionally sound,” says Woods. She also recommends that people feed their companion animals a wide variety of foods, including both dry and wet formulas, and to throw a few lightly cooked veggies flavored with a splash of olive or sesame oil into the mix. “If the scientific world asks you to believe something that doesn’t make sense to you — like feeding our pets boxed or canned foods ONLY for their entire lives – it probably doesn’t.” …
With regard to food ingredients, Woods recommends making sure that the first four to six listed are words that we readily recognize and to avoid preservatives that begin with the letter “B” (BHA, BHT, etc.). And because “byproducts” is not always clearly defined (it could mean organ tissues, which can have good nutritional value, or mystery scraps), she considers selecting brands that list whole ingredients to be a better bet. Ultimately, Woods prefers brands that incorporate organic ingredients such as Newman’s Organic, even though “organic” is also not the most highly regulated term in the world of pet food. (EVO, Wellness and Solid Gold are other examples of high quality brands to consider.)
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