Barks & Meows

Learn how to shop successfully for healthy pet food.

What Fido Wants In His Food

1.  Two or more quality protein sources in the first four ingredients listed on the label.

2.  Healthy grains – i.e., barley, oatmeal, whole brown rice.

3.  Natural preservatives, colors and flavorings.

4.  Vegetables and fruits.

5.  Vitamins and minerals.

6.  Healthy fats – like fish oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, olive oil or a named meat fat like chicken fat.

What Should NEVER Be In Fido’s Food

1.  By-products – of any kind.

2.  Chemical preservatives – like BHA, BHT, or propylene glycol.

3.  Soy – soybean meal, soy flour.

4.  Animal fat or animal digest.

5. Artificial flavors or colors.

6.  Salt.

7. White rice.

8. Sugar or corn syrup.

9. Brewer’s rice


What Fluffy Wants in  Her Cat Food

1.  At least two quality meat sources in the first four items listed on the ingredients label.

2.  Water

3. Vitamins and minerals

4.  Fatty acids and amino acids, including taurine

5.  Natural preservatives, colors and flavorings

6.  Small amount of carbohydrates.

What Should NEVER Be in Fluffy’s Food

1.  Corn

2.  Animal fat and animal digest

3.  Useless fillers – like white rice and Brewer’s rice

4.  By-products

5.  Chemical preservatives – like BHA, BHT, and propylene glycol

6.  Artificial flavorings


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Linda Cheshire September 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I especially LOVE this page that puts it in super simple terms as to what to look for in our pet’s foods! This is a great place for so much info and things that have been carefully researched and saves everyone the time of trying to figure out what is good and what is bad in the martketed foods. A great place to keep up with what is going on in the pet world!!


admin September 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thank, Linda.