About Pet Food

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Is there any self-regulation by pet food manufacturers?

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Why are meat byproducts used in pet foods? What are byproducts? Are byproducts bad for pets?

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What is the difference between a pet food that uses the term “beef”; versus the phrase “with beef” on the pet food label?

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What role does the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) have in the regulation of commercial pet food?

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How are dietary supplements for animals regulated?

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Recommendations on Selecting Pet Foods

Factual information must be provided on pet food labels but it is important to be aware that the label is also a promotional tool to attract pet owners. This means that much of the information provided - including the ingredient list and use of unregulated terms such as ‘holistic’; ‘premium’ or ‘human grade’ - is of little practical value in assisting nutritional assessment.

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What are the most important things to look for on an ingredient list?

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What is the nutritional adequacy statement and why is it on a pet food label?

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What if a veterinarian or health care team member suspects a pet food is contaminated or unsafe?