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Decoding Pet Food Labels: A Guide to Understanding What Your Pet is Eating

Reading pet food labels can be a daunting task, with so many terms and ingredients that may not be familiar to you. But understanding what's in your pet's food is crucial to making informed decisions about their diet. To help you navigate the world of pet food labels, Petcurean has created a helpful video that explains how to read and interpret the information on the packaging which we have included below.

When looking at a pet food label, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, pay attention to the ingredient list. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, with the first ingredient being the most abundant in the food. Look for high-quality animal proteins, such as chicken, fish, or lamb, as the first ingredient. Avoid fillers like corn, wheat, and soy, as well as by-products and unspecified animal sources.

Another important thing to pay attention to is the guaranteed analysis. This section of the label lists the minimum percentages of protein, fat, and moisture in the food. Keep in mind that these percentages are minimums, not actual measurements, so the food may contain more or less of these nutrients.

Another important part of the label is the feeding guide. This section will provide you with a guide of how much food to feed your cat or dog depending on their weight, age, and activity level. Following the feeding guide will help your pet maintain a healthy weight.

Finally, pay attention to the nutritional adequacy statement, which will indicate if the food is appropriate for all life stages, growth, maintenance, or specific life stages such as a senior dog or a pregnant cat.

The video made by Petcurean goes in depth on these topics and more, so be sure to check it out to gain a better understanding of what you should look for on a pet food label:

Overall, it's important to be a vigilant and informed consumer when it comes to your pet's food. By taking the time to read labels and understand the information they contain, you can be sure that you're making the best choices for your pet's health and well-being.

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