By Diana M. O’DonnellPet food manufacturers often claim they offer better nutrition and health for pets.
However, some of the pet food available today does not meet the nutritional needs of many pet owners.
Some pet food brands have been criticized for the way they have marketed their products.
Here are some of those criticisms.
Pet food makers are often accused of misleading consumers about their products’ nutritional valuePet food labels often have an image of a large animal, but there are many animals on themPet food is marketed as being low in calories, but the calories are actually higher in the animal-based pet food productsWe’ve found that many pet food labels claim to be vegetarian but are in fact mostly animal-derived ingredients.
For example, pet food is sometimes labeled as containing 0.7 grams of protein per ounce, but that is actually a lot of protein, and not a whole lot.
For many pet foods, ingredients are also sometimes labeled low in saturated fat.
If you buy a pet food that claims to contain 1.6 grams of saturated fat per ounce (compared to 3.4 grams of fat per 1 ounce of pet food), you are looking at about 1/3 of a teaspoon.
Pet foods that contain added sugar are sometimes labeled gluten-free.
That is not true for most pet foods.
Petfood labels often list the amount of fiber in pet food as 2.4 teaspoons, but it actually contains about 3 teaspoons.
Pet food that is not labeled as gluten- or soy-free may contain more than 1 teaspoon of gluten.
The nutritional information on pet food can vary significantly from brand to brand, but many pet-friendly pet food manufacturers claim to provide higher nutritional value than other pet food makers.
For instance, some pet food companies claim to have a higher total nutritional value, which is not always the case.
For some pet foods there are also some ingredients that are considered allergens, and these ingredients are often listed as “high risk” ingredients in pet foods that do not meet a federal requirement for a safe, pet-approved ingredient.
Many pet food ingredients are marketed as containing a number of nutrients that are only found in a small percentage of animal-source foods.
For example, some pets will not consume a pet-source food containing these nutrients.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that pet food containing high-risk ingredients is often more expensive and less nutritious than those containing low-risk and/or acceptable ingredients.
The study looked at the nutrient content of pet foods sold at pet food stores in Utah and found that only about 15% of pet-food ingredients contained any of the nutrients listed in the label.
The authors of the study recommended that pet-based foods containing high levels of certain nutrients should be labeled as such.