Mr pet Dog 500gm puppy
Pet food quality is difficult to define but is easily measured by the ultimate judge, the pets.
Consumers often evaluate quality on the basis of ingredients, guaranteed analysis, palatability, physical form and appearance of ration, etc. While these are important factors in assessing the quality of a pet food, one should use caution in relying solely on one or two of the above-mentioned factors when evaluating pet foods.
Palatability, for example, is very important. Obviously the ration must be palatable enough for the pet to consume sustaining quantities of nutrition; however, high palatability levels do not necessarily equal high quality or high levels of nutrition. It’s best to evaluate a pet food’s quality based on a variety of factors, including how the pet performs, rather than relying on just one or two components of the diet.
Dogs and cats require certain nutrient requirements to support growth, gestation, lactation and general maintenance. About 40 specific nutrients have been identified as required by dogs and cats. A nutritional expert subcommittee of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has established these requirements. This committee is composed of nutritionists and veterinarians from industry, government and universities.
All pet foods must meet these requirements or be labeled as snacks, treats or supplemental feeding in order to be registered for sale. However, differences can exist between registered pet foods due to variances in ingredient consistency, quality, manufacturing practices, formulation (balance of nutrients) and product forms.
Proteins are made up of amino acids. Protein is required in the body for growth, breeding and maintenance. There are a variety of quality protein sources for pets, including animal and plant sources.
Protein is expressed on the label guaranteed analysis as “Crude Protein.” High crude protein guarantees do not ensure a high digestible protein level or a correct amino acid balance. Protein deficiency results in depressed food intake, growth retardation and even death.
Several factors can change the amount of protein required such as digestibility, amino acid composition, availability, energy level of the diet and life stage of the pet. Amino acid levels must be in balance for optimum growth and health.
Crude Protein – total amount of protein, determined by the nitrogen content.
Digestible Protein – amount of protein that is available to the pet.
Essential Amino Acids
For both dogs and cats. Must be supplied in the diet.