- Animal proteins should be always be found at the top of the ingredient list.
- Animal proteins should be described by a species such as lamb or whitefish, not by generic animal names like cattle or poultry.
- Whole food ingredients are important! They carry many necessary nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes.
- Animal protein “meals” are made through rendering, where all animal tissue is ground and then heated in order to separate the fat and reduce moisture. This means that five pounds of chicken “meal” will contain more protein than five pounds of actual chicken meat.
- AVOID any type of byproduct, such as meat byproducts or byproduct meals. Byproduct are pieces of animal meat that aren’t fit for human consumption, meaning the guidelines to take care of this “meat” are not strict and can result in bacteria buildup.
- If you see animal fat on your food label, it most likely means it is fat taken from all sorts of animals and combined together. Look for specific species instead, such as duck fat
- Like your own food, keep an eye out for added sweeteners, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
Now that you have a better understand of what food labels should entail, it’s important to find a food brand that caters to the needs of your pup. We currently carry five brands of cat and dog food in our store. Each brand offers at least one grain-free formula and all are low in carbohydrates, an important feature since it is harder for most animals to break down. We have a variety of food choices including kibble, freeze-dried and dehydrated.
Acana: All formulas are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Great for cats and dogs with food sensitives!
Dr. Gary’s Best Breed: Ingredients focus on supporting healthy skin, coat, connective tissue and joints. These formulas help maintain strong, lean muscles and a strong immune system! Made in small batches for maximum freshness, without corn, soy, wheat, by-products, gluten meal, artificial flavors or chemical preservatives!
Fromm Family Foods: There are three different formulas including Classic, Four-Star, and Gold. They have never had a recall. There is no corn, wheat or beet pulp used which are common allergens. Contains 100% natural ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors.
Honest Kitchen: A dehydrated food, meaning that the moisture has been removed from fresh raw ingredients, but almost all nutrients, enzymes, and other valuable components stay intact. Fits for whole grain and grain-free diets.
Stella and Chewy’s: Products use raw, natural meat, fish or poultry as well as organic fruits and vegetables. Includes probiotics and added vegetables and minerals. No grains, gluten fillers, added hormones or antibiotics.
In addition to these brands, we are able to special order (deliver!) other brands of food. To see our full catalog, visit kibbleandco.com. At City Bark, we focus on supplying the healthiest, safest and yummiest option for your pet. Stop by the store today and learn more about which food brand will best fit your pet!