Here’s a fun one. A Washington State pet store owner is going to extreme lengths to prove that all of the dog and cat food in her Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium stores are fit for human consumption. She’s eating nothing but dog and cat food for an entire month. Dorothy Hunter told Fox News:
“You would be surprised how tasty dog and cat food can be when it’s made right,” she told the Tri-City Herald last week. “You really are what you eat and it’s the same for your pets. I decided to eat this food for a month just to prove how good it tastes, as well as showcase its nutrition.”
Hunter is trying inspire others to read food labels on everything they purchase, whether it’s for the 2- or 4-leggeds in your household.
What pet parents should look for in dog food
The Whole Dog Journal recommends looking for these ingredients in dog food:
- Lots of animal protein in the top few ingredients
- Species specific animal protein (chicken, beef, lamb, etc)
- Ingredients that augment the total animal protein in a meal
They also suggest avoiding:
- Meat or poultry by-products
- Generic fats (such as animal fat)
- Added sweeteners
- Artificial colors and preservatives
Don’t buy any pet food or treats made in China. Read through the ingredients carefully in all packaged pet food to make sure none of the ingredients are outsourced from China either. Look for a large variety of vegetables and fruits.
I feed my Sanchez and Gina a combination of raw food and grain free kibble enhanced with freeze dried ingredients, by Great Life. Vegetables and fruits include jicama, and freeze dried pumpkin, squash, parsley, papaya, kale sprouts, broccoli sprouts, yams, blueberries, cranberries and artichoke. While I do eat and love all of those fruits and veggies, I don’t think I’ll be diving into their dog food anytime soon.