Have you read the back of a pet food label recently? DL-Methionine? Pyridoxine Hydrochloride? Bifidum? Bifidobacterium? What exactly is this stuff?
When you read the ingredient labels on your pet’s food, you’re almost destined to come across ingredients that you can’t pronounce or identify. Despite this, the consumer continually searches for pet food that is nutritional, wholesome, and part of a well-balanced diet. Like many on the quest for the right food for our precious pets, the task can become daunting with less than favorable results.
Those of us that have gone organic for our animals also have to find labels that state “organic or all natural.” However, many labels are often misleading and fall short of being truly natural and organic.
Pet parents, such as ourselves, have been led to believe that the Association of American Feed Controls Officials (AAFCO) has the ability to determine what ingredients are put in the pet food and how it is manufactured. On AAFCO’s website, it states, “AAFCO has no statutory authority to regulate pet products.”
This shouldn’t sit well with any pet parent purchasing pet food from local chain stores. I know this did not sit well with me.
Referring to organic pet foods specifically, the AAFCO’s website clearly states that “Organic pertains to the processing of a product, not the quality of the product.” It is because of these reasons that more pet parents are choosing to make homemade, organic pet foods right from their kitchens.
This is a quick and healthy recipe for both cats and dogs. The recipe below makes one serving for my sweet golden retriever to chow down on.
Lip Smacking Fish Delight
- Non-stick foil
- ½ Cup of Chopped Organic Broccoli
- 1 Piece of Organic Fish Filet
- ½ Cup of Chopped Organic Spinach
- 1 Cup of Diced Organic Sweet Potato
- 1 Cup of Diced Organic Carrots
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Tear off a piece of non-stick foil and place it on top of the counter.
- Place the carrots and sweet potatoes on the foil.
- Position the fish on top of the sweet potatoes and carrots.
- Place the spinach and broccoli on top of the fish.
- Cover the contents (fish, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, spinach) by creating a packet closure using the foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Carefully remove from the oven, using an oven mitt, and open the foil packet, letting the steam escape.
- Place the meal onto a plate and let cool.
- Once the food has cooled, cut into tiny pieces suitable for your dog or cat and serve.
The ingredients on pet labels that we can’t identify or pronounce is a clear indication that we need to have a better understanding of the food we are providing to our pets. The best thing we can do for our pets is to give them good health. Creating wholesome, nutritional, and well-balanced meals is a good start in giving our pets long and healthy lives. If you are ever confused by the labels and ingredients on pet food, remember that you can create your own organic meal with the simple recipe provided above.