Our favorite house pets have been cats and dogs for many centuries. They are loyal and loving, and can be affectionate. A home is incomplete without pets, whether it’s after a long day at work or a weekend away. It’s hard not to love the smiles and love they give you, along with their tails that wiggle like whips when we arrive.
The Best Foods
When I talk to pet owners, I am struck by how passionate they are about their pet’s diet and the choices they have made. You could offer your pet a homecooked or raw diet, treats or supplements, or any other practices and trends I’ve seen. It’s no surprise that pet owners love their pets as well as make a lot. It is difficult for pet owners make informed decisions because of the amount of information on nutrition, diets, ingredients. According to one study, dog owners feel the hardest part about pet ownership is choosing the right food.
I have been a Board Certified Veterinary nutritionist since 1995. It is fascinating to me how people think and choose about nutrition. Multiple studies have been done to discover why pet owners make certain food choices for their pets. The most recent study was published earlier this year. An applied economist studies the economics of food and nutrition. I was a collaborator. We carried out a study to find out what factors influence pet owners’ decisions about buying dog and cat foods.
The survey received more than 2100 responses. This should have given me some insight on pet owners’ enthusiasm. I found the most striking conclusion of the entire study to be that 40% of respondents thought that pet food was more important than food for their pets. Nearly everyone thought buying healthy food to feed their pets was the same as buying it for them. It was evident to me that pet owners love their pets. We can use this passion to help pet owners buy the best food for their pets. We want pet owners not to have to settle for the most popular or best-marketed food.
Common Mistakes When Selecting Pet Food
Do you think these are good choices?
- The ingredient list. Many pet owners base their diets on the list of ingredients. This is more important than choosing nutritious diets. Pets need nutrients, not just ingredients. Our Dogfood.Guide post contains more information.
- These labels are the most persuasive. Marketing information is more persuasive than factual information. You don’t have to eat superfoods or ancient grain diets to make your pet happy.
- Rating websites. Rating websites are currently using marketing information or myths in order to determine which diet is most nutritious and best.
- Recommendations of your veterinarian: Your vet will guide you in choosing the right food for your pet. Pet supply stores employees might promote the most lucrative food, the store’s brand or the best marketing. This could be harmful to your pet’s health.
These myths and misinformation may be part your decision-making process. You may end up choosing the wrong type of diet.
Make good decisions for your best friend
You care deeply about your pet and want to give her the best nutrition. What can you do to make sure your pet has the best nutrition?
- Talk to your vet. Our research found that veterinarians were the most sought-after source for nutrition information. They were also the best source of nutrition information. Some veterinarians don’t like discussing nutrition as much.
- Ask questions about pet food. You won’t find most of the information that you need on the label. It is not possible to tell if the manufacturer follows strict quality control measures or if they have qualified nutritionists. An online tool from Pet Nutrition Alliance was created to help you identify the most important criteria of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. This tool is maintained annually.
- The internet’s nutritional information can be a source of doubt. While the internet is a valuable resource, it can also prove to be unreliable, full of misinformation and completely false information. Take a more objective approach when browsing the internet, especially for information about pet nutrition. You can avoid common pitfalls by using the internet for nutritional information.
Petfood Guide shares your passion and love of your pets. We share your passion for pets. We want you to give your pet the best food. We want to help you make informed decisions about the nutrition and health of your pet. It is important to make informed decisions based on facts and not marketing or emotion. We hope you’ll continue to enjoy Petfood Guide. We will keep your informed, educated, and armed to help you make sound decisions.