In light of recent oversight failures on the part of the FDA to regulate the use of distressed food products in pet foods, as well as what appear to be some obvious falsehoods in their report on the dangers of raw pet food diets, animal rights activist Tambi Renee shares some tips on how to choose the best food for your pet. Pets are members of our families, Tambi Renee says, and beyond that, they are living beings that deserve to eat nutritious and safe foods – two criteria that many pet foods fail to fulfill.
Tambi Renee’s first piece of advice when it comes to choosing a pet food is to try feeding your pet a raw diet. If possible, says Tambi Renee, prepare it yourself out of meats, fruits, and vegetables that you and your family would eat. Tambi Renee says the same foods that fulfill the requirements of a nutritious diet for you will largely meet the needs of your pet, and adjustments can be made in consultation with your pet’s veterinarian. If you are resistant to preparing a raw diet at home, says Tambi Renee, you can buy packaged raw pet food. Be mindful of where you purchase prepared raw meals, however, as improper storage and handling can be dangerous when it comes to raw foods. You should also pay careful attention to the quality of the ingredients in prepackaged raw diets.
Read the Ratios
Your pet’s diet doesn’t really need grains in it to be balanced. Indeed, Tambi Renee says grains, particularly wheat, are used largely as filler in pet foods. If you are going to feed your pet processed foods, says Tambi Renee, you should look for foods that are made up of half meat and half vegetables. This ratio – an equal amount of meat and vegetables – is the ideal one for pets. You may have to make some phone calls to get this information as many pet food labels do not make this kind of information public. If you do find this information on a label, you almost certainly have a socially conscious product on your hands, says Tambi Renee.
Big Names Don’t Mean Big Nutrition
When choosing a pet food, says Tambi Renee, don’t just trust the big names that are advertised everywhere. These brands are some of the most likely to contain grain fillers and possible allergens that can be harmful to your pet. These brands rarely feature proteins at the top of the ingredient list. Steer clear of the big brands and look for names that put your pet first, says Tambi Renee.