4 Myths Busted ~ The Truth about Pet Food Ingredients By Dr. Marty Becker
It is no secret that I love my pets and post about them regularly and that is why sharing this post was so very important to me. I was lucky to have been able to attend a YouTube Live event with Dr. Marty Becker a few weeks ago. Dr. Marty Becker is also known as America’s Veterinarian and he helped to debunk the myth of today’s pet food ingredients as well as share tips on choosing the right food and ingredients for your favorite furry family member. The two amazing pets pictured above are my furry BFF’s…Shadow and Chewey! Honestly these two amazing little guys are the main reason I so wanted to hear Dr. Becker weigh in on the commonly asked questions about your pets pet food ingredients, such as by-products and grains and if they truly are bad for your pets overall health. But first meet Dr. Marty Becker…..
Let me tell you a little about Dr Marty Becker…. You’ve seen him on “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” He’s the author of 22 books that have sold more than 7 million copies combined, including three New York Times best-sellers. Dr. Marty Becker truly is “America’s Veterinarian.”
Now back to the topic at hand…. 4 Myths Busted ~ The Truth about Pet Food Ingredients By Dr. Marty Becker
Let’s face it…. there are so many products and ingredients available out there now for our pets that most of us end up seriously confused and unsure of what is the right type of pet food to feed our pet(s) and to ensure that they live healthy and bountiful lives. You hear that by-products and grains should not be the top listed ingredients in your pets pet food ingredient list and this leaves you unsure of what you should feed them. There are so many high end brands out there that list chicken, beef and such as the first ingredient but those brands can end up costing you an arm and a leg and are downright outrageously priced. It seems to have gotten a bit out of control and that is why I wanted to share this post with you and the 4 Myths Busted….. The Truth About Pet Food Ingredients by Dr Marty Becker.
Myth #1 By-Products Are Bad For My Pet
Truth: By-products are often thought of as low-quality ingredients in pet foods when in fact they are commonly used in both human and animal foods. These ingredients provide valuable nutrients for pets such as protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. In the wild, cats and dogs instinctively eat the organs first because they are nutrient-dense and very tasty. Basically this results in the fact that eating by-products is more natural than you would think. Plus….by-products can also provide more essential nutrients than regular muscle meat foods, as they can be lacking in calcium and Vitamin A, BUT these nutrients are naturally provided in by-products from the bones and liver. And just so you know, many pet food manufacturers use high-quality by-products, such as beef, chicken or pork that may include hearts, livers, kidneys, lungs and spleens and they are all considered a part of sustainable food sourcing for your pets.
Myth #2 I Should Avoid Feeding My Pet Grains
Truth: Through decades of nutrition research, we’ve learned that grains produce positive outcomes in both dogs and cats. Gram for gram, grains deliver more complete nutrition then the ingredients typically used to substitute for grains, such as potatoes. Plus keep in mind, that grains are an excellent source of energy-rich carbohydrates and contain protein and antioxidants, including Vitamin E and fiber to promote digestibility. Many pet food products are formulated and produced with grains because they provide needed natural nutrients as part a a complete and healthy balanced diet.
Myth #3: I Can Feed My Pet Solely A Raw Food Diet
Truth: There are many trends and fads out there in the pet food market, such as raw diets. Some people believe that their pets should eat a raw food diet because they are under the assumption that it is more like what their pets would eat in the wild. However, raw pet foods may not provide all the nutrients a pet needs…. and the raw diets can sometimes contain dangerous bacteria that is harmful to both the pet and owner and food safety regulations are not adhered to. The FDA maintains a “zero tolerance” policy for salmonella in pet foods because it can pose risks to human health when people who are ‘at risk’ such as children, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems, come into direct contact with the contaminated pet food. Basically to sum it up…. raw diets may not always be the best choice. It is always important to discuss the pros and cons of a raw diet with your veterinarian, and whether a solely raw diet is appropriate for your pet and family.
Myth #4: The Quality Of Pet Food Solely Depends On The Type Of Ingredients In The Food
Truth: The quality and safety of pet foods are equally as important as the ingredients themselves. When it comes to determining which pet food to purchase, pet owners should go directly to the manufacturer’s website to learn and educate themselves about the safety and quality standards as well as the best practices that are being used. This includes learning about the manufacturer’s process for conducting regular safety and quality checks, employing food scientists, pet nutritionists and other veterinary professionals that help to develop products. You also need to ensure that the manufacturer is operating its own facilities and maintaining in-house testing laboratories. As a pet owner you should also look at the manufacturing and ingredient quality standards of the brand you are researching… to make sure they meet and/or exceed FDA and AAFCO standards.
Yes… it seems like a bit of research BUT after doing so you may find that there are many brands out there that are not expensive and fit all of your pets nutritional needs. Seriously…. focus on your pets health care as well as their food needs to ensure your pets overall health is in check. My cat Shadow loves Purina Indoor formula and would not even try anything else. He is gorgeous and extremely healthy with a shiny coat and all! Do your research and feed your pet the best without breaking the bank.
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