Choosing the right food for your pet can be very confusing. There are many different brands of pet foods available in your local grocery stores, in big box stores (like Wal-Mart), and in pet specialty stores, all of which claim to offer a superior source of nutrition.
Whether you have:
- Just adopted a new puppy, kitten, dog or cat and aren’t sure what to food them;
- A dog who has loose or soft stools;
- Noticed that your pet has lost interest in eating their current food;
- A pet who is scratching, chewing, has hot spots, watery eyes, or coughing;
- A pet who looks underweight or overweight;
- A pet who is transitioning from puppy to adulthood, or is over the age of 8 years old;
- Your pet is experiencing joint pain or has other health issues;
- Questions about the current food you’re currently feeding and whether it’s the right food for your pet.
– we can help to simplify the process of determining which pet foods are best-suited for your pet(s) so that you can be sure that you’re making the right decision. Our specialty is pet food. We have been the leaders in sourcing the healthiest and leading brands of pet food in the world, and you’ll find the best ones available on the market in our stores.
There are many types of pet food in our stores, including:
Dry Food (Kibble) – Wet Food (Canned) – Semi-Moist (Rolls) – Dehydrated Food/Freeze Dried Food – Raw Food (frozen)
And there are a lot of different brands!
The majority of people feed their pets kibble or canned food.
Pet food in a dehydrated form, or food that has been freeze-dried or frozen (also known as raw), have grown in popularity over the past few years as people continue to seek the best nutrition for their pets.
Similar to freeze dried pet food, dehydrated pet food is raw food minus the water and without the use of chemicals. Dehydrated raw pet food is created when heat is used to remove most of the water content from the product. Dehydrated raw pet food can be used as a temporary diet for pets whose food is being changed from dry to raw, or for pet parents who not want to feed raw or canned diets. The typical methods include adding warm water to the food before serving the meal to your pet.
Most dehydrated, freeze-dried, and frozen pet foods are complete and balanced meals, but it’s important to check the labels. You need to ensure that your pets are receiving all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they require to live a vibrant and active life, and avoid becoming sick due to being under-nourished.
Freeze dried pet food is essentially raw food without water. There is no damage to the nutrients in this type of food because freeze drying is done at a low temperature. The method of freeze drying allows the product to retain its natural composition and structure by removing the moisture while the product is still frozen. It also preserves the product without the use of chemical, irradiation or heat damage. The temperature never actually rises above freezing level. Freeze-dried food doesn’t mean that it is frozen, and there are several brands of freeze-dried food that you’ll find on our store shelves.
There are freezers in all Global Pet Foods stores across Canada where you’ll find frozen pet food, usually in the form of patties, which will need to be thawed before feeding to your pet.
No matter which type of food you decide to feed your pet, it is important to read the ingredient lists, which are always found on the bag or side of the package (or can). The ingredients are listed in descending order of amount, so make sure that the first five ingredients are high-quality meats or meat meals and grains, ie. Lamb, Salmon Meal, Venison, Brown Rice, Chick Peas or Garbanzo Beans are great examples of what should be in the ingredient lists. The ingredients on the label must be listed in descending order by weight before cooking. You’ll also want to ensure that the food provides 100% of the essential nutrients that your pet needs for optimum health.
Ingredients such as: ground yellow corn, chicken (or some other meat) by-product meal (it’s even worse if it’s called “Meat Meal” because you don’t know what the meat is), corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, soy flour, rice flour – should not be among the first 10 ingredients on any pet food label. These ingredients do not provide optimum health for your pets and may be the reason for your pet developing allergies, dry and itchy skin, or lacking in energy.
We recommend that you look at the ingredient lists of the pet food that you’re feeding now. Is it the best food for your pet, based on their age, current activity level, or suitable for any health issues that they may be having? Is it time for a change?
The brand and type of food that you purchase for your pet is a choice that you’ll have to make for yourself and for the health and wellbeing for your pet(s). We can educate you about the features and benefits of each type and brand of food, so that you can select the best one for your pet.
Every pet needs daily and interesting activity, fresh air, clean water, fun walks and runs in the park or in the country, lots of love, and food that provides them with superior nutrients to help them grow and live a long and healthy life.
The Healthy Pet Care Specialists in Global Pet foods stores across Canada are ready, willing and able to answer your nutrition questions. You want the best for your pet. We do too. Let us help you find the right food for your companion pet so that they can live their best life.
To find a store near you, visit our website at http://www.globalpetfoods.com/store-locations.