So, you have just adopted a new pet and you would like to offer him or her the best care possible. Yet, there is so much information hidden from pet owners, when it comes to commercial pet food. Almost every brand promises that their food is the best, the purest and the most nutritious. But, is it really?

How well are we as pet owners educated on our pet’s nutritional needs and what really goes into the manufacturing process of commercial pet food? We can even ask the question “are the labels on commercial pet food really revealing and explanatory?” Thus, if you wish to offer your pet a long, healthy and active life, it does not only boil down to the love and care you offer your pet, but most importantly, the nutrition you provide for them.

At PetsWell Pantry we take special care in the handling of our fresh, healthy pet products, not prepared at a plant, but in a restaurant facility with much consideration of the health and safety of our furry friends. We use only natural and organic ingredients and we do not include preservatives, toxic chemicals, fillers or synthetic vitamins. We utilize a 40-40-20 model, which consists of 40% all natural (human grade) protein, 40% organic vegetables and 20% organic (human grade) grain, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Our fresh cooked products consist of 100% natural human grade protein and are gluten and GMO free. We never include the following that can be found in processed pet products.

  • Additives
  • Added Sugars
  • Artificial Coloring
  • By-Products
  • Growth Hormones
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • BHA
  • BHT

When shopping for your furry friend’s food, you need to ensure that you are educated on the best foods which are available and what both their benefits and disadvantages are.  Although your local Veterinarian may promote their foods, one should still take special care, as many non-natural and/or processed foods contain the following:


Although preservatives are known to lengthen any product’s shelf life, one cannot help but wonder how hazardous these substances really are, for both pets and humans. These would include ethoxyquin, butylated hydroxyanisole, better known as BHA and butylated hydroxytoluene, better known as BHT. To make matters worse, BHA is known to be a carcinogen (a cancer-causing agent) and BHT can cause kidney and liver problems. It can further be found in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, petroleum and rubber to mention a few.


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Corn is the most popular filler used in pet food. However, this is not the same corn humans consume, but rather the type of corn which would be fed to cattle. The corn used could well have been denounced for human consumption and it is also fattening. Therefore, being one of the major causes of weight gain and obesity in dogs. Read more about corn used in commercial dog food.

Excessive Synthetic Vitamins

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Although it is recommended (for humans) to supplement our diet with certain vitamins and minerals, this is not necessarily a good thing for our pets. Just as with humans, an insufficient amount of nutrients can cause certain ailments. But, some dog foods contain excessive amounts of nutrients, which can be toxic for our pets. For instance, too much Vitamin D can lead to lethal levels of calcium (known as hypercalcemia) and phosphorus. This can lead to calcification of the body tissue and normally affects the heart (and arteries), the kidneys and the gastrointestinal tract.

By-Products (Protein Extenders)

The best source of protein for our furry friends would be lean meat. However, this is not what commercial pet food Manufacturer’s use in pet food. Instead, they use by-products such as lamb meal and/or chicken meal. These are clean non-rendered parts (not meat) derived from slaughtered animals and can include kidneys, blood, bone, brains, lungs, fatty tissues etc. which is added to pet food in a powder form. This is a very cost effective way in which to keep manufacturing costs low and the “protein” levels high.


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One such agent is acrylamide, which is produced when starchy foods are processed at extremely high temperatures. Another such agent is aflatoxins, produced by molds which contaminate wheat, corn and rice etc. This could be due to poor growing conditions or inadequate storage. The important thing to be aware of is that a carcinogen is known as a cancer-causing agent and exposure to it can cause cancer, kidney or liver failure, as well as anemia.

Heavy Metals

This is yet another ingredient found in some pet food. The reason for this ingredient finding its way into pet food is because of some pet food Manufacturers who outsource labour to Countries that offer lower production costs, such as China. Some of the metals found in pet food includes lead, mercury and cadmium. What the pet food Manufacturers are yet to realize is that by outsourcing in an attempt to cut further costs, they are taking even more away from the quality of the foods which they produce. Read more about 6 Food pets should avoid by clicking here.

Therefore, if your aim is to offer your furry friend the best there is in the pet food market, then including fresh, organic non-processed food into your pet’s diet is the route to go!

Love, The PetsWell Team

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