Depending on your life choices.

Have you ever stuffed a deep-fried, beer-battered cheeseburger (trust me, this is a real thing) into your mouth? If you have, and you also probably lived to regret it the next morning, then you know all too well the proverbial saying that you are what you eat. But what I’ve also come to learn is that the same is very true for your pets.

What you feed your pet has a profound impact on their health and well-being—but, unlike you, your pet doesn’t have the option to ever choose that garden variety side salad. While pets may also be what they eat, in reality, they are really what you give them to eat. So here are 7 tips to giving your pet the best quality, organic food. So they stay happy. Even without a deep-fried burger.

Natural vs. Organic

Natural means that the food is derived completely from plant or animal sources without any added synthetic chemicals in the food-making process. While this sounds great in theory, however, the reality can be a little misleading. Organic has the same general definition as natural, but goes a step further. Organic not only means that no chemicals were added, but that the animals used in making the food were not given any extra hormones, had access to an outdoor environment, and were also, in turn, fed organic food.

The food that keeps on giving

Newman’s Own sells high quality, organic pet food—and best of all 100% of company proceeds go to charity!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

If a word, like chicken or beef, is used by itself in a pet food name then its required that 95% of said pet food is composed of that word. However, if a word used in conjunction with a word like “dinner” or “entrée” then only 25-75% of the food needs to be composed of that main word.

Coo-coo for coconuts

Coconut oil is said to have great benefits for humans—and the same is true for many pets. The pet food brand Party Animal even has a line of pet food for dogs and cats called Cocolicious that is made with coconut oil as a key ingredient.

Bad words

“Rendering,” “by-products,” and “meal” are three words to look out for when making a pet food purchase. “Rendering” refers to the process of mixing the unused parts of an animal together to make a kind of pet food sausage—except that this “sausage” can contain things like hooves. “By-products,” often called meal, are non-meat animal parts like the stomach or the spleen that are sometimes used in pet food. While these foods may still hold nutritional value, if you see these labels you should know that you are probably not giving your pet the highest quality food.

Watch those carbs

Most pet foods are considered complete and balanced with all the components your pet needs to live a healthy life. However, taking note of the ratio of meat to carbohydrate grains in your pet food can still be an important consideration to make.

Pet Food Jeopardy

In 1861, James Pratt invented what became known as pet food after seeing sailors give hard tack biscuits to their dogs. It’s amazing that commercialized pet food’s only been around for 158 years. We still have a long way to go, but with organic pet food we’ve certainly come along way!

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