Hamilton Pet Food: Understand the information on pet food packaging

(NC)—It is a pet owner's responsibility to ensure their four-legged family member receives the proper care for a long, happy and healthy life. Regular veterinary visits, exercise and lots of love are key roles in pet parenthood, but one of the most important elements in proper pet care is optimal nutrition. For both new and seasoned pet owners, keeping your animal healthy from the inside out means choosing food that has high-quality ingredients and provides balanced nutrition. When deciding what to feed your beloved pet, Dr. Sherry Sanderson BS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, animal nutrition expert and associate professor, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, recommends you look for the following items on product packaging:

  • Ingredient Panel: Lists all food sources in order based on their weight, with the ingredient weighing the most being listed first. Ensure that one of the top ingredients listed is a high-quality protein.

  • Feeding Guidelines: Feeding guidelines on pet food labels are a starting point for the quantity of food to feed to your pet. However, pets are individuals, so the amount of food listed may not be exactly the quantity required for your pet to maintain an ideal body weight.

  • Special Ingredients: Many formulas have special ingredients that carry out specific functions. Some to look for include: the prebiotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides) – now found in Iams and Eukanuba pet foods – to promote intestinal and immune system health; L-carnitine, a fat burner used in weight loss diets; and sodium hexametaphosphate, a key ingredient in many Iams and Eukanuba dog diets that helps promote good dental health.

More information on pet nutrition and prebiotic pet food can be found online at www.iams.ca or www.eukanuba.ca.

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