Getting your pet onto a natural diet can help them lose weight, gain energy, and maintain a happy mood. Let Petco help you on your pet’s health journey.
Petco sells a variety of premium nutrition foods for dogs. Premium nutrition food helps alleviate skin problems, reduces stool volume, lessens intestinal disorders, provides more energy, and contributes to the long-term health of the pet. Premium nutrition foods are designed to meet dogs‘ nutritional needs at all stages of life.
Pet food labels contain a lot of information. When choosing a quality pet food, look for these items:
1. Manufacturer and Brand Name – The reputation of the manufacturer will help determine if the food is made according to quality standards. Quality pet foods are based on science, and each product is backed by research.
2. Nutritional Adequacy Statement – This tells you whether or not the product provides complete and balanced nutrition. It also indicates whether food is for a specific life stage, or all life stages.
3. Guaranteed Analysis – Certain nutrient guarantees are required on the label of all pet foods. This section of the label provides minimum guarantees for protein and fat, and maximum guarantees for moisture and fiber.
4. Ingredient Listing – Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. Ingredients provide nutrients such as fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
5. Feeding Directions – Includes the amount of food recommended by size of animal, which should be a „rule of thumb“ or a starting point.
When comparing basic nutrition labels to premium nutrition labels, refer to the nutrient profile. Be aware that the ingredients are listed in the order of their weight in the food, so the first ingredients listed may not be the primary ingredients. The first ingredient may be meat, but if the next several ingredients are cereal, it may not be a meat-based food. The total of all those ingredients may well surpass the meat content of the food, making it a cereal-based food. Also, be aware that different forms of the same ingredients can be listed separately. For example, corn meal, ground corn, and corn gluten meal.
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