What’s in YOUR Food Bowl?


This is yummy!

Clients often ask me what is the best food to give their dogs. I admit that I do a lot of research when I am choosing a kibble for my pets. I read the ingredients on the bags, I ask my vet and I check with other pet owners to see what works best for them. This can be a daunting task. Keep in mind that a dog’s nutritional needs change from puppyhood to adult to senior and the pet food industry has made accommodations for all these life stages. Just go to your local pet supply store and check out the aisles – it’s pretty amazing!

One of my clients recently asked me “What is animal digest?”; it was listed as an ingredient in his dog’s kibble. I did a little research and found it to be the by-product of meat processing. The actual description was something I would not put in writing because it was unnerving to say the least. After relaying this information, he sent me Purina’s definition:

“From the Nestle Purina PetCare Company: Animal digest is a flavor enhancer comprised of enzymatically treated livers (pork and chicken) and other internal organs(hearts and viscera). It may be used either as a liquid (lad) or dried (dad) to a powdered form. Once in this form ( liquid or dried ), it can easily be used as a part of the coating that is added to the outside of the kibbles of a pet food to increase palatability. “

Either way you look at it, you are feeding your dog waste products that even the manufacturer doesn’t see fit to put into the actual kibble. I find it hard to believe it is necessary to add this waste to my dog’s food bowl in an effort to make him eat. This is why it is so important to read labels and to understand what you are feeding your precious pet. On a recent visit to my local pet supply store, I was questioning the salesman about the numerous choices in dog kibble. I was surprised to find out that he and all the other salespeople were nutritionists. They were trained to understand and inform their clientele of the benefits of each of the dog food brands they carry. I found this to be invaluable when I was searching the store for just the right match for my dog. What an awesome service to provide your customers!

I know I will frequent PetCo whenever I have questions about the food I give my dogs.  Nothing is more important to me than giving them  the best and their trained nutritionists can guide me.  I also found out that PetCo has a bonus for those of us that rescue dogs,cats and other companion animals.  When you take your paperwork from the rescue organization; be it the local humane society, Pet Finder or one of the breed specific rescue groups, PetCo will give you a book of coupons to help minimize the cost of caring for an adopted dog.  I can get behind that kind of service.