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How to read food labels

Posted by Vinod Sharma 02/08/2018

It is extremely important to judge accurately the ingredients of your pet's food. Here is a short summary of how you can be an expert!  Flip your food bag now!

When was the last time you saw a bag of pet food on a store shelf and said – What a beautiful bag, what happy looking dog on the cover and bought it immediately?

If you do fall under the above mentioned category, we strongly recommend you to read on.

While many leading dog food and cat food brands cover the front of their bags with beautiful photography or illustrations of healthy ingredients, the ingredient listing on the back is where you can determine whether your pet’s food is as good as you think.

Why is the first ingredient the most important? How do some brands categorize certain ingredients to make their food appear to be of a higher quality? Why is corn not necessarily the best ingredient? Take a minute to find out the answers to these questions and more.

How to compare pet food

When evaluating pet food ingredient listings, consider these factors:

  • The first ingredient by weight is the most important because there is more of that ingredient than any other. All dog foods and cat foods must list the ingredients of their food in order of weight. When you compare the labels below, you see the first ingredient in our brands is always real deboned chicken, fish, or lamb. In contrast, the first ingredient in a leading brand pet food is ground yellow corn (which has very little nutritional value, and has been linked to allergies in some dogs).

  • Solid Gold Sun Dancer                                 A Leading Brand in India

                      Chicken                                          Ground corn

                Chicken Meal                                       Meat and Bone Meal

                        Tapioca                                        Corn gluten meal

             Whitefish Meal                                        Animal Fat