Find 10 tips for choosing the right food for your cats and dogs.
What You Should Know
If you've been down a pet food aisle lately, figuring out what to feed your furry friend isn't easy. Kibble packaging has become nearly as diverse and, in some cases, complicated as their human food counterparts. Should you pay more for premium pet food? Should you feed your pooch a gluten-free mix? What does "human grade" mean? And should you be worried about the safety of your pet's food?
If you're struggling with questions like these, start with your veterinarian, says Dr. Chris Lea, DVM and assistant clinical professor at Auburn University’s College of Veterinarian Medicine. "There's a tremendous choice in pet food that consumers have," Lea says. "Food labels can be misleading. So do your homework. Talk to your vet. And tailor the diet to the needs of the patient."
Read on for more advice on how to pick the right food for your dog or cat and how to read a food label.