NUTRO PRODUCTS, INC. (NutroMax)
Nutro Network
445 Wilson Way
City of Industry, CA 91744
1-800-833-5330

Techni-Cal
www.techni-cal.com

Wysong
(800) 748-0233 or 517-631-0009

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One of our viewers, Kathy S., recommends reading your pet food ingredients for meat "by-products". The quality foods, listed above, do NOT have by-products. They only contain true meat, grains, vitamins and minerals. The grocery store brands contain lots of "by-products"...in other words, everything left over, and not just from cows and lambs!. Avoid pet foods with by-products. It's easy; just read the ingredients. Thanks Kathy! When it comes to pet food, it is important to start with the basics. Feed the right food to the right species. Cats should NEVER be fed dog food. Dogs should not be fed cat food. Kittens and puppies should be fed growth foods. Cat food is higher in taurine (an amino acid) than dog food. Cats require taurine for normal vision and heart function. Therefore it is essential that a large percentage of their diet be cat food. Dogs who eat cat food have a tendency to experience vomiting, diarrhea or weight gain. It is usually recommended that puppies and kittens be fed growth foods since this food is higher in calcium, phosphorus and proteins. These are the building blocks needed for muscle and bone growth.

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Which brand to feed your pet is sometimes a difficult decision for owners. Many people rely on the pet food label to compare foods, but the labels can may be misleading. The two items on the label people often compare are the guaranteed analysis and the ingredient list. The guaranteed analysis lists the minimum amounts of crude protein and fat and the maximum amounts of crude fiber and moisture present. Remember, these are the minimum amount of fat and not the actual amount present (it could be much higher.) Also, these numbers tell you nothing about the quality of nutrients or how well your pet can digest the nutrient and actually absorb it. What may look like a high protein dog food, may in fact not provide an active dog with sufficient protein. Although guaranteed analysis is a legal requirement, it is of little value when comparing foods. The ingredient list can also be misguiding. It is a legal requirement that the ingredients be listed in descending order by weight. However, beware of this descending order. For example, if a meat protein source is followed by two or three grain sources, and if you combine the grain sources, they can actually comprise a larger portion of the diet. Therefore, grain, not meat, is the primary ingredient.

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Some people judge the quality of food by how well their pet will eat it (palatability). It is easy to see the error in this type of thinking. I would much prefer to eat fast food instead of fruits and vegetables, but it certainly doesn't mean it is better for me! Even the name of the food can be misleading. If you look at the ingredient list, often ``Lamb and Rice" diets have other protein and/or carbohydrate sources. Also, "no preservatives added" foods usually have some type of preservative if it has a long shelf life. The manufacturers, can get away with this since they were not the ones who added the preservative—the ingredient manufacturer did. They have found a loophole to trick the consumer!

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In choosing a food that is right for your pet, please consult your veterinarian. Your vet is best qualified to evaluate the needs of your pet and recommend the appropriate food. Most vets recommend products they know and have used successfully. It is safest to stick with well-known brands with a proven track record. Nutritional deficiencies in pet food have and will continue to occur until the industry is more tightly controlled. Until that time, do your best to be an informed consumer.

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