Consumer demand for wet food, for pets, is increasing. But, just like any other food, you want to scrutinize the ingredients.
Let’s talk canned food:
The difference between canned foods and dry foods is the water content. Kibble is usually about 10-12% moisture content and canned food 70-80% water.
What you want to see first in canned food, similar to kibble, is that meat is the first on the ingredient list then whole foods to follow.
In selecting a canned food for a healthy dog or cat, you would want to pick a canned food that contains meat as the first and second ingredient list. When you read the label, it’s important that those ingredients read in that order.
Let take a look at a canned dog and cat food:
In this dog food, the top ingredients include:
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Organic Chicken, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Crab, Potato Starch, Red Skinned Potatoes, Peas, Oat Hulls, Apples, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Flaxseed Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Broccoli, Salt, Inulin, Choline Chloride, Cranberry Pomace, Dried Blueberry, a-Tocopherol Acetate, Pomegranate Extract, Olive Oil…..
This food includes whole foods mixed with meat. Whole foods are what we want to see on a label of an excellent quality canned food.
In this cat food, the top ingredients include:
Organic Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Turkey, Chicken Meal (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Shrimp, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)…
All high-quality animal protein that cats so need. Cats cannot thrive without animal protein.
Some ingredients that you don’t want to see are:
Meat by products, by products, soy of any kind, wheat, gluten, corn, carrageenan, unnamed animal parts such as simply ‘liver’, wheat gluten, caramel, animal digest, artificial colors, preservatives or flavors.
When it comes to pet foods, you are getting what you pay for when it comes to high quality or low quality ingredients. Become an ingredient reader and if you need help with what to avoid, you can grab my FREE guide to ingredients that can be harmful to your pets. I’m also available to do a pet food analysis for you. Reach out to me if you aren’t sure about the products you are using for your pets.
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