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Good ingredients in pet food

  • Nutritional panels display ingredients in order of volume so always choose food that has meat at the top of the list.
  • Good essential fats such as fish oil and flaxseed oil rather than vegetable fat or animal fat are always preferable.
  • Pick natural preservatives such as tocopherol (Vitamin E) or ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and not synthetic E numbers.
  • Foods advertising they are lightly cooked in small batches often means they are less processed.
  • Companies that produce raw pet food following BARF (Bones and Raw Food). These companies are few and far between but offer the most biological appropriate foods for your cat and dog.
  • Choose wholefood descriptions that you understand such as lamb, quinoa, carrot and blueberry rather than meat digest and vegetable protein origin for example.
  • Certified organic and locally sourced produce. Look out for the Organic Growers and Farmers certification meaning good quality produce and environmental policies.
  • Organic or antibiotic free meats are best, as hormones found in poor meats may cause food intolerances and lead to bad health.
  • Healthy cereal options such as quinoa, millet or spelt that provide nutritional value as opposed to maize and corn that provide little nutrition and can cause food intolerances.
  • BAHNM approved (British Association Holistic Nutritional Medicine).

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