Are you a label reader like me? I label read all the time. At the grocery store, the pharmacy, the clothes shop. It's second nature. I like to know the make-up of the food, medicine, clothes and other things my family and I use in everyday life. We do the same for our dogs. It got me wondering, how many other dog owners read the labels of their dogs' products, especially dog food? People care about what goes into their food and their families' food, but do we show the same care for our dogs and what they eat?
When Jessie was diagnosed with chronic colitis a few years ago we focused our attention on everything little thing she ate. The diet initially prescribed to her was from a well-known brand. After a while it became apparent the prescription food did not improve her condition and we switched gears. It took a bit of time, research and commitment to find the best combination of store-bought and homemade foods. It's not an easy process. With the dog-food industry crowded with so many choices how do you choose what's best for your dog?
If you want to ensure your dog eats the best food for them, but don't have the time to read all the labels of the hundreds of varieties, then check out the Dog Food Guide from Reviews.com. We recently discovered their dog food guide and checked it out for ourselves.
They have done the hard work for you with their 1000+ hours of research that includes surveys and discussions with dog owners, dog experts, reading dog food studies and more. We love how transparent they are about their research process. They analysed 2,223 dog food formulas. Only 134 formulas, from 29 brands, were recommended. That's shocking! Here are some other findings we found especially interesting:
- 70% of pet owners surveyed admitted they did not know what was in their dog's food
- A well known product remains on grocery shelves even though there are claims it has links to kidney failure and after a lawsuit was filed
- Being from New Zealand we were especially excited to see two New Zealand based-brands on the recommended list, Ziwi (formerly ZiwiPeak) and K9Natural
- It doesn't matter if the brand markets themselves as "premium" or "all-natural." What matters most are the ingredients that are in the food
- It's surprising that a number of brands Reveiws.com cut can be found in your local veterinary practice.
The biggest takeaway we want to share with you is not all dog food is created equal, so read the label of your dog's food to ensure they eat food that provides them with an optimum diet of rich nutrients.
Does your dog's food make the recommended list or the cut list? Let us know in the comments below.