3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Pet Food
Mr. Darcy sampled a variety of pet foods to see which best benefits his little body.What is the absolute right answer when it comes to pet nutrition? There isn't just one; rather, it's whatever best suits the needs of your particular pet. And with so many pet foods out there, the decision can be overwhelming at times.
So, consider the following three things when choosing a pet food:
Budget Lakeway customer Finley clearly approves of his human's choice of Lotus Puppy food. The pet food industry has grown exponentially in recent years, and there’s sure to be a healthy and tasty pet food within your budget. Don't be fooled: a higher price doesn't always mean better quality. Look past the marketing at the ingredients and guaranteed analysis for a better idea of the food's quality. Plus, it doesn’t matter if you buy the most expensive food in the world if it doesn’t meet your dog’s individual needs.
Like people, our pets are unique creatures with a wide range of tastes and needs. First consider your pet’s age, size, breed and activity level, as some pet food makers get very specific- like large breed senior formulas, for example. Also keep in mind any health issues your pretty kitty may be experiencing. If she’s overweight, consider a healthy weight formula, or try a fish formula if his skin and coat need a little extra TLC.
As discussed in our sustainably sourced pet food post, we as consumers aren't always privy to sourcing practices that we otherwise may not support. Do your research on the company and manufacturer of the food you’re interested in to be confident that they source and make their pet food to your personal standards. Just as it’s important to know the ingredients in your pooch’s food, it’s also important to know where these ingredients came from. Most pet food makers have the information listed directly on their website. Be aware: ‘made’ refers to where the product was manufactured, while 'sourced' refers to the origin of each ingredient.
Should you have any questions about a particular food, brand or manufacturer, first check their website. If any information is not listed online, most provide a telephone number or contact form and are happy to answer your questions. The Honest Kitchen's pet food label outlines ingredients, nutritional analysis and recommended serving sizes.
Reading the label on your pet’s food should be your first priority. This will help identify all ingredients and will further justify your decision based on your analysis of your furry friend’s individual needs.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! A friendly team member at your neighborhood Tomlinson’s location would be happy to help point you in the right direction. Our employees are trained in pet nutrition and many have years of experience in the pet food industry. We’re looking forward to helping you find a great food for your pet! What does your pet eat? Why did you choose that food? Let us know in the comments below, or over on our Facebook page! Sources: Dog Food Advisor, Doctors Foster and Smith