There is a huge list of misconceptions circulating today about what makes a pet food “Good” or “Bad”. In order to provide the best possible nutrition for your pets and help them live a long and healthy life, they need adequate nutrition. This means a pet food that has been formulated and tested for the entire life of the pet, not just one that looks good on paper. A good pet food company follows AAFCO guidelines and is formulated by certified nutritionists. Anyone can make a pet food and package it and get a celebrity to endorse it. That does not mean it is actually healthy for your pet. The only statement that matters is one from the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials).
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) was formed in 1909 to establish a framework for uniform regulation of the feed industry. Although not a government agency, AAFCO operates within the guidelines of federal and state legislation including laws administered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). AAFCO establishes standards or models for regulations aimed at ensuring that manufacturers provide clear, accurate, and consistent information about animal feed, including pet food. For more information see www.aafco.org
If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please ask one of our staff members. If you are unsure of the food you are feeding your pet, please ask. Our technicians and doctors will be happy to go over a list of what is actually considered a premium pet food formulated with your pets’ optimal health in mind versus what is formulated with marketing in mind.