Which Pet Food is Best?

Wet food, dry kibble, high protein, grain-free – when it comes to pet food, the choices can be overwhelming. Luckily, our research experts at Wellness Times are here to help you sort through the details to discover which food is best for your dog or cat:

First things first, which nutrients does your pet need?

              • Adult cats require food that contains at least 26 percent protein and 9 percent fat. For pregnant or nursing cats, these numbers can be much higher.
              • Adult dogs need less, requiring a diet that is at least 18 percent protein and 5 percent fat.

Which ingredients should you avoid?

              • Animal byproducts: These mystery mixtures can be made from ground up parts, including beaks and feathers. No thank you!
              • Animal digest: Be on the lookout for this broth-type substance, which may also contain byproducts.
              • Allergens: If your cat or pup exhibits any allergy symptoms (skin issues, digestive woes), he or she may be allergic to beef, dairy products or wheat, all of which are common ingredients popular pet foods.

Read the full article to find out more about what to feed your pet!


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4 comments on «Which Pet Food is Best?»

  1. mercadee says:

    Raw feeding is the practice of feeding domestic dogs and cats a diet consisting primarily of uncooked meat and bones. Supporters of raw feeding believe the natural diet of an animal in the wild is its most ideal diet and try to mimic a similar diet for their domestic companions. They are commonly opposed to commercial pet foods, which they consider poor substitutes for raw feed. Opponents believe the risk of food-borne illnesses posed by the handling and feeding of raw meats would outweigh the purported benefits, and no scientific studies have been done to support the numerous beneficial claims.

  2. jduncan49 says:

    mercadee is right. Raw feeding is the only natural way to feed our carnivores. Dogs and cats survive commercial pet foods, but raw fed dogs and cats tend to thrive. My dogs had constant ear issues in their earlier years. It took a while to overcome their poor diet on kibble after starting their natural diet, but they have been enormously better. Their coats were always very luxurious. My 80 pound lab mix lived to be nearly 15 years old. Wouldn’t ever want to consider anything but a natural diet for my pets.

  3. CMcC24 says:

    Raw feeding makes sense for animals! Heard about a study where they gave cats pasteurized vs. unpasteurized grass-fed milk and the second group thrived, and the first group had health issues. In feeding our family, we have switched to eating meat and dairy from animals who have been fed the way they were intended to eat (grass for cows, grass, seed and bugs for chicken, wild-caught fish – no grains and NO GMOs) and this has made a huge difference in our health. The fat in beef is high in omega-6 when cows eat grains and high in omega-3s when they eat grass. So, would think that optimally, when feeding a pet raw, the best scenario would be that they eat meat from an animal that ate what it was intended to eat as well.

  4. To maintain my Doggy’s weight I use pet food with low calories and high nutritious. This will help him to be healthy.

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