The Best and Worst Pet Foods: 13 Pet Foods Ranked

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1. You can choose to feed raw at just one meal per day, instead of all meals. If you are concerned that alternating between a raw food diet to a processed diet, and then back again to a raw diet could present problems such as and temporary issues (such as vomiting or diarrhea), this can be best avoided by using rotation feeding throughout the pet’s life. In a rotation form of feeding, different forms of food including raw, canned, dry, and even freeze-dried food can be offered to the pet at different times throughout the day or week. This will not only adjust the pet’s taste preferences to all forms of food, but will allow its gastrointestinal tract to adapt to the various forms of food and will minimize any chances of the pet developing that could occur when the pet’s food is switched from one form to another.
Hi Alex. The best thing to do would be to talk to your vet about the proper food for your pet. Good luck!
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Thanks for giving some tips to other readers, Michelle. Dog food can, at times, be very confusing and overwhelming. It’s great to know that this blog prompted people to ask questions! Questions are always a good thing! We suggest to consult with your veterinarian to find the proper food for your pet if there’s any doubt in your mind. Best of luck, and thank you all for reading! This is actually the best response on this site—Food Babe should be using these resources when talking pet food!
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Photo provided by FlickrAre these diets the best choice for your dog? How do you know if your pet needs a grain free or gluten free dog food?
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Shopping for cat food can be a challenge because there are so many options to choose from. Unless you have a thorough understanding of your cat’s nutritional needs and knowledge of how to read a pet food label, you might find the task a bit overwhelming. You’ll be glad to know, then, that we’re done the hard work for you. We’ve scoured the reviews and taken a deeper look into the best pet food brands on the market to bring you our top five picks for high-quality cat food brands.“With the disastrous pet food recall of 2007 ultimately linked to tainted ingredients, and the mysterious deaths from jerky treats still ongoing, one of the best actions pet owners can take is to avoid products that are sourced or manufactured in China, and inform pet food companies of why you are making your choices.”Kibble begins as a dry cooked meal whereas canned food is canned fresh. Kibble is exposed to more heat than canned (destroying nutrients). Worse yet, kibble is linked to kidney and bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating. Of course, canned isn’t perfect either. Fresh is best, raw or cooked. Next best is frozen prepared food and then dehydrated and freeze dried foods, all available at better pet stores.The first step in choosing the best dog food for your pet is to identify the bad ingredients in dog food. From there, you can combine that knowledge with an understanding of what good ingredients to look for. The experts we spoke to weighed in.Feeding your dog a high-quality well-balanced food is one of the best things that you, as a pet owner, can do to keep your dog healthy. A good food will keep your dog’s hair coat shiny and sleek. It will strengthen his immune system. It will keep his digestive system in good health. But when it comes to choosing a dog food, the options seem almost endless.And even with its expanded recall powers, the FDA's enforcement record is patchy at best. There isn't the same acute panic as there was following the 2007 pet food recalls, but ongoing problems with pet treats have killed more than 1,100 dogs since that same year, according to consumer complaints filed with the agency. Although the FDA eventually began issuing warning notices to consumers, it didn't take action against specific brands. After years of FDA inaction, the New York State Department of Agriculture in 2013 found unauthorized antibiotics in a host of pet treats (again connected with poor standards in China), and triggered recalls by Purina and Del Monte.