Certain pet food brands do not provide any sort of nutritional value, rather they contain ingredients like sugars, artificial flavors and saturated fats that can ultimately lead to decreased health, health problems and even death.
Some pet foods bought commercially may also lack what is necessary in a pet food for growth, development and overall protection and owner’s should be aware of this when selecting food for their pets. Just because you bought it from a pet store, doesn’t mean that it’s got everything your pet needs to be healthy.
Below are several of the major pet food brands familiar to most people. They have been separated into 4 categories of nutrition based on studies performed by scientists who test specific ingredients found in pet food on certain areas of your pet’s health, including growth, brain development and all the rest of the body’s systems (coat, teeth, bones, joints, heart, lungs etc).
*Please note that nutritional value of a “good” pet food does not change from the dry to canned variety. The only major difference between dry and canned food is the amount of water present.
-Hills Prescription Diet
-Kibbles ’n’ Bits
Least Nutritious/No Nutritional Value:
-Raw Food/Bone Diets: Food that has not been prepared/cooked correctly has the potential to contain parasites or other hazardous bacteria that can have severe effects on our pets. Bones are good choking hazards especially if small, broken and given to our pets unattended.
-People Food/Scraps: Feeding our pet’s food that wasn’t made for them can be detrimental to their health because they cannot digest or break down certain elements in the food that we eat. Our pets may also have food allergies, and feeding them the diets we are used to eating could cause severe allergic reaction. It is also important to know that certain foods edible to people are non-edible to our pets and can cause organ failure if digested (i.e. chocolate, grapes).