November 19, 2015 | Erin | 2 Comments Nutritious and Safe For Your Pet When purchasing food for your dog, there are many considerations to keep in mind, along with many brands and formulas. You should always make sure that the food you choose has the AAFCO – Association of American Feed Control Officials – stamp of adequate nutrition on the label. Ingredients to Look For: Whole meat should be the first ingredient listed. Avoid foods that list meat by-products or if the meat used is not named. Grains, if included, should be whole grains and not glutens. Barley and rice are preferable over corn or wheat. Natural or no Preservatives. Natural preservatives include vitamin E or C and always avoid brands that contain BHT, BHA or ethoxyquin, which are examples of chemical preservatives. Dog food will be available in either dry kibble or canned food and both have pros and cons. Dry food will be the most economical, but many experts advise that dogs that are fed a dry diet should be supplemented with a canned product. The reasoning behind this is that canned food typically is higher-meat, lower in carbs and has fewer preservatives. Since it has a higher moisture content, it helps ensure that your dog is sufficiently hydrated. Whenever you try a new dog food, you should always be careful to note any changes in your dog’s energy level, stool, coat and skin. Always keep in mind what is safe for your pet. We have learned of major concerns with pet food and pet food producers and we understand the importance of being vigilant regarding what we feed our pets. Always try to provide your pet with the best quality food that you can. Information regarding pet food recalls can be found at www.fda.gov. Moving Forward Considering the many choices and decisions that a good pet owner is faced with, I want to assist our community by providing reviews. I will share with all of my visitors what my research has revealed about pet foods, nutritional supplements, treats, toys, medicines and more. I encourage all comments and please feel free to share your experiences and let me know if their is a particular item that you like to see reviewed.