Who Manufactures the Food?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a non-profit organization whose main aim is to ensure that all pet food sold in America adheres to acceptable standards. But given the reality of pet food recalls, one has to admit that AAFCO’s existence isn’t an automatic guarantee of a product’s purity. Therefore, the responsibility ultimately rests with you to know who manufacturers your pet’s food.
Where is the Food Produced?
Once you have learned who the manufacturer is, you should find out where it manufactures its food. You may think the manufacturer produces its output in your home country, but it may outsource the labour to countries such as China where contaminants slip through the cracks even with products meant for human consumption.
What Resources are Used to Produce it?
Discovering the how of your pet food is just as important as learning about the who and where. The use of by-products in commercial food is a major concern, because many foods contain either lamb or chicken meal, which makes for a high—and low-quality—protein content. The means by which manufacturers arrive at the “powder form” lamb or chicken meal will likely make you cringe. They use a method called “rendering” (a process of extraction), which is mainly a melting process. The carcasses of slaughtered or deceased animals are placed into huge vats and are ground and cooked for several hours, converting them to “usable material.” This method removes water, kills viruses, parasites, bacteria, and various other infectious entities. It also separates the animal fat. This is the fat found in pet foods.
The remainder of the dried protein solids become part of the manufacture of lamb or chicken meal, one of the cheap by-products added to pet food. Yes, it makes for inexpensive pet food. But the downside for consumers (and their pets) is the huge loss of quality, and there is no guarantee that absolutely all toxic substances and/or entities have been eliminated completely.
What Does the Food Contain?
Given the above point, it follows that we need to know what our pets’ food contains. Although the label may state that the food contains nutrients, it may have way too many. We all know the saying that “too much of a good thing is not good,” and this applies to our pets. Too many nutrients in their food also pose their own set disadvantages. Potentially toxic preservatives could also prove problematic.
So what’s the best possible food you could add to your pet’s diet? Fresh, organic, non-processed food, such as the food we manufacture at PetsWell Pantry. Pet’s health and safety is our company’s priority. We manufacture the food in a restaurant and use 100 percent human-grade ingredients, such as all-natural protein, vegetables, organic grain, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. We do not add any preservatives, fillers, synthetic vitamins, or harmful chemicals.
Monitor Your Pet’s Behavior
Get to know your pet well, and monitor his or her behaviour. Look for signs of any deterioration in his or her health. Contrary to what many people believe, a wet nose doesn’t necessarily indicate a healthy pet. The most important sign of deteriorating health is when a dog refuses to eat. This is when you need to pay extra attention and visit your local veterinarian.