Reading Pet Food Labels

Many pet owners can hardly make sense when it comes to understanding the information on pet food labels. What many don’t know is that the ingredients are listed based on their weight, from greatest to least. The way the ingredients are listed can often misrepresent the true composition of the product. For example, if the first ingredient on the list is lamb, it may have the heaviest weight of all ingredients because it has a higher moisture content, but it may not always be the main source of dietary nutrients. During processing, the ingredients are subjected to cooking at high temperature and moisture can be lost. If you notice that the meat is listed as a “meal” for, like chicken meal, moisture has already been removed, making the weight before and after cooking virtually the same. 

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