There is a lot of confusion about pet food these days. You can find a ton of choices, but recalls on certain brands have caused a whole slew of new confusion. Many pet owners do not know which foods to choose now.
This is completely understandable. Natural holistic pet food, however, is different from all the other foods on the market. The evidence is in the ingredients list on the label.
Label reading can be rather difficult. Most of the ingredients in a typical bag of pet food are rather long and difficult enough to pronounce, let alone know what they mean. There are even some veterinarians that do not have any idea what half of them mean. It is important that you understand the ingredients that natural holistic pet food contains in comparison to other products.
Let’s start with beef foods and comparing typical foods to holistic pet food. Beef Food is very different from Beef Dinner. The difference is in the ratio of how much beef the specific food contains. Holistic pet food is Beef Food, which means that it has at least a 95% content of pure beef. Beef Dinner is only made using 25% beef content, which leaves a lot of room for unhealthy filler additives.
Another variation is the foods with chicken and seafood or fish. Natural Holistic pet food is entirely different here, too. Such foods will often be labeled as an entree or platter. With typical foods, the total content is only an average of 25%. When you have multiple variations, like chicken and seafood together, the total of the chicken and seafood is only 25%, so your pet is only getting 12.5% of each. Much like the beef varieties, holistic pet food varieties with these variations will total 95%, which reduces all the unhealthy stuff that your pet does not need to be eating.
In regular pet foods, the source of the meat, chicken, or seafood is generally limited to animal/seafood by products. What this means is that all of the scraps that cannot be eaten by humans are saved for use in pet foods. In many cases, the by products are not identified specifically. They can be any type of animal by product that has flavoring added to make the specific flavor. All you will see listed in the ingredients list is the simple phrase “meat by products.” Holistic pet food is not made with any by products, so you will not see this phrase on any of its labels.
It is very important to read the ingredients labels on the back of the products that you are giving your pet. There are a lot of things that are harmful to humans, and are just as harmful to pets. Pesticides, artificial preservatives, and artificial coloring are just a few. If you were to read the ingredients label of any holistic pet food, you will not see any of these items.
Natural holistic pet food is a balanced food, where all the ingredients used interact with each other. Other than the naturally occurring nutrients from the ingredients that are used in making each recipe, you should expect the holistic pet food that you choose to have other nutrients, like amino acids and extra vitamins, added based on the type of pet that you have. Different pets have different nutritional needs, and the natural holistic pet food that you choose should have custom tailored ingredients.