How Healthy Are Dog and Cat Food?On February 3, 2021 by webmaster
Pet food is pet food meant for pets to eat. Usually sold in pet shops and supermarkets, it’s typically specific to the kind of pet, like a cat or dog food. The majority of pet food is made from byproducts of the animal food industry, which is why it isn’t considered “human” grade. For example, the beef used for dogs is usually only considered high quality if it’s “human grade” because it’s primarily made from cattle that are fed hormones. The same is true for pet food, but since the food must be approved by the FDA, pet food companies use labels like “human grade” on their pet supplements and pet wipes.
Some pet food companies use a chicken meal or pig meal as their primary ingredients in pet food, although they list them as secondary ingredients. Even if a company uses only “human grade” poultry or beef as their primary ingredients, the byproducts from that process aren’t classified as human-grade either, because they’re technically not made from living beings. Chicken meal and pig meat that’s leftover after processing, even if it’s labeled “vegetarian” or “herbal” is not necessarily healthy. There’s plenty of evidence that even organically grown products can cause health problems.
Pet supplements contain mostly byproducts of pet food, and even though dry kibble is more convenient for most pets, many pets won’t tolerate the taste. Many pet food companies use additives to preserve the taste, but these additives can become problematic over time and can even promote disease. Pet wipes, on the other hand, are made from all-natural products that are easy for pets to swallow. If the pet food company uses a byproduct as primary ingredients in pet food or supplements, you should avoid them altogether, because the pet food company is making a bad investment that will be hard to reverse.