Your dog is not getting enough to eat if you can easily see its ribs, vertebrae, and pelvic bones, feel no fat on the bones, and possibly notice some loss of muscle mass. If chronically underfed, adult dogs may experience impaired ability to nurse young and perform work, and increased susceptibility to bac- terial infections and parasites; puppies may be stunted in their growth; adult dogs may develop osteoporosis.
Your dog is at an ideal weight if you can easily feel its ribs. The waist should be easily observed behind the ribs when viewed from above. An abdominal tuck is evident when viewed from the side.
Your dog is overweight if you cannot feel its ribs, see fat deposits over its back and the base of its tail, discern no waist behind the ribs when viewed from above, and see no abdominal tuck in profile. Obesity occurs in one out of four dogs in western societies. Its incidence increases with age and is more common in neutered animals. Health risks include dia- betes and osteoarthritis.
So what’s in a pet food label?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials stipulate 8 items that must be included on a pet food label. There’s a lot of fine print regarding what has to go where on the bag and some of the terminology but in essence here are the 8:
- Brand and Product Name….pretty well self-explanatory
- Name of species for which the food is intended
- Quantity Statement….net weight or net volume
- Guaranteed Analysis…percentage of each of the nutrients in the food
- Requires minimum % crude protein, crude fat, maximum crude fiber and maximum moisture
- Other guarantees are voluntary or required if connected to a label claim
- Ingredient Statement
- Listed in order by weight on an “as formulated basis”
- Ingredient that makes up the highest percentage of the total weight is listed first
- That includes water before cooking….thus the “as formulated basis”
- Ingredients must be declared by the correct AAFCO defined name
- Nutritional Adequacy Statement
- Statement that indicates the food is complete and balanced for a particular life stage
- Feeding Directions
- At a minimum must state “feed (amount of product) per (weight) of dog or cat”
- Should include recommended feeding frequency
- Name and address of manufacturer or distributor
- If someone else makes the product must show that by using “manufactured for” or “distributed by”
It’s common practice to list the caloric content of the food within the area showing the feeding directions. This is commonly listed as Kcals per cup.
Personal or commercial endorsements are permitted. So keep in mind they probably mean very little. Veterinarian recommended, veterinarian formulated and/or developed are easy criteria to meet.
From a practical standpoint we mostly focus on three key elements of the above requirements. The guaranteed analysis, the ingredient statement and the feeding directions (including the caloric content). It’s these three areas that provide us the most guidance as to the nutritional adequacy, appropriateness and quality of the food for your furry friend. It does take some work to correctly interpret some of this, however. While the first ingredient on the ingredient statement may be “duck” it may not be the ingredient providing the most protein in the diet….after the water is cooked out! But it makes for positive marketing. We’ll have more on that in future pieces.
We are please to announce the addition of Scott Pet Products Pork Chomps and related items. Pork chomps are baked pork skin and are highly digestible. Therefore they do not present the potential danger of an intestinal blockage like beef rawhides. Dogs love them and the pork skin products do an excellent job cleaning teeth! You won’t find any slimy rawhides laying around either sticking to your furniture or your carpet. And they are economical!
The World’s Most Perfect Chew
Pork Chomps are more digestible than rawhide because they are made from skin not hide. Rawhide was just an inexpensive byproduct of the cattle industry, and virtually has no flavor on its own. That is why most rawhide is basted, stuffed or sugarcoated, in order to interest pets. Pork Chomps are also better than rawhide chews for dogs because of Scott Pet’s proprietary, patented expanding process wherein 70% of the pork’s fat is removed, creating a more natural dog chew that is a cleaner product with reduced grease and odor.
Pork Chomps are naturally delicious; that’s why dogs chose them 9 to 1 over ordinary rawhide in an independent taste test.
With a wide variety of shapes, flavors and sizes to choose from, there’s a perfect chew for every dog.
Specifically about Pork Chomps
Scott Pet has been in the pet industry for over 35 years. Our guiding principal has been to provide quality products that enhance a dog’s life. We maintain very strict guidelines in both our US based plants and our overseas plant. Pork Chomps are produced in China because it is the largest pork producing country in the world.
To ease your mind even further, Pork Chomps were a part of a two year study at the University of Illinois, a leading veterinary college. The study was to determine the digestibility of pork skin versus beef rawhide, (click here to view the study), it also reiterates the overall health and safety of our product.
And if you still have even the slightest doubt about feeding your dog Pork Chomps, dog parents here at Scott Pet want you to know that we give our dogs Pork Chomps on a very regular basis.
So do the owners of Wholesome Pet Essentials.
We’re pleased to share that Stella & Chewy’s received a 2015 Pet Product News International Editors’ Choice Award. Our Meal Mixers product was recognized as an easy and convenient way to introduce raw food nutrition into a pets’ diet. A little raw goes a long way!
Meet our newest pet stylist Andrea!
I discovered my passion for pet grooming in 2010 when I started bathing dogs that had boarded at a veterinary clinic that I was working part time for. From there I moved on to PetSmart as a professional bather then I went through their Grooming Academy in 2011. l have been grooming for 4 ½ years, and have loved every minute of it. I not only specialize in the typical all over haircut, but I am also trained in breed standard patterns and creative grooming. I have also been grooming cats for a little over 2 years. I absolutely enjoy helping pets look their absolute best, and see the smiles on their parents faces. I want grooming for any pet to be as fun and relaxing as possible. I am very excited to continue my grooming journey at Wholesome Pet Essentials!
Wholesome Pet Essentials is very pleased to announce that we now have two top pet groomer/stylists with years of experience. Anabelle Dunbar and Andrea Nosko have 9 1/2 years of combined grooming experience and will offer first rate service on a 7 day schedule without interruption. Both are solid professional stylists and we are very excited to have them on board to service your furry friends grooming needs and make you beam with pride. We will have more biographical information for you in the near future.
Call today for an appointment, and let them pamper your pets under their constant watchful eye. We will not place your pet in some back room!
And yes, we do CATS!