The dog food labels tend to be overlooked most of the time, you just end up getting whatever is cheaper for your dog. But the reality is that you should always try to read the dog food label first. These offer a lot of information about what your dog will eat, so it’s very important to read this information as fast as possible.
This allows you to figure out how much you should feed your dog. If you are not sure, this is a great place to start. On top of that, here you can also find specifics of that food, you will also find info about treats and table foods at times.
Product name and brand
According to the AAFCO, you will need to see how many animal based ingredients are integrated into the dog food. This will be very important when you read the dog food label.
If you have 100% meat, you will have a label with 100% venison, all beef and so on. If you have only 95% meat, you will have chicken dog food and stuff like that. For 25% meat, you will see things like chicken dinner, recipe and so on. In case there’s only 3% meat, the label will say with, includes or contains chicken or beef. There are products that are only meat flavored, in which case you will have meaty chicken beef flavor.
Guaranteed analysis statement
At this point, you will receive some information about the nutritional adequacy. However, here you won’t find any info about the fiber, fat or protein included in this product.
A statement of nutritional adequacy. This is where you can find information about the feeding studies, the nutrient profile families and if the product actually meets the AAFCO nutrient profile. This is very important information that you need to focus on when you want to purchase dog food, so try to keep that in mind at all times.
The last portion of the dog food label is comprised from the ingredient list. These ingredients are listed based on weight most of the time, so it’s easy to see what ingredient is favored in this situation. You will also note that most of the important protein and calories are included in the top 5 ingredients.
A thing to note here is that salt has less than 1% when it comes to the dietary percentage. Usually, the top 3 ingredients will include animal protein.
As you can see, it’s not very hard to read a dog food label. It all comes down to reading it all the time when you want to purchase food for your dog. This will offer you all the information needed to keep your dog safe. After all, what he eats will certainly affect its health, so you are the one responsible for that. It’s a very important thing to focus on reading that dog food label correctly if you want to keep your dog healthy and safe!
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