Be Wary of Pet Food Claims
By Vanessa Voltolina
“All owners want a food that is satisfactory — complete, balanced, palatable, digestible, and safe — for their pets, [but] some are influenced by marketing terms,” says Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center.
The labels on pet foods, regulated by the 50 states with advice from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), are the only information you’ll have to evaluate them. The claims made on labels, including “premium” and “holistic,” often resonate with us, but don’t necessarily predict quality. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best food for your pet, and then consider the validity of these six food claims …