I’m assuming most people reading this have ventured into a pet store like the Provincetown Pet Resort and gazed at upon the varieties of pet foods with a sense of bewilderment. There are so many dog food products to choose from. Where do you start? Is one brand more nutritious or tastier than the other? Most consumer packaging is fairly descriptive, but how does one know they are actually purchasing a quality nutritious food well suited for their pet?

We Carry Only the Highest Quality Pet Food

Pet foods sold in the US are regulated, to some degree, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the FDA does review claims, oversee package labeling, and check that ingredients are safe for consumption, they do not require that pet foods have pre-market approval. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a tad bit more responsible for what actually goes into that bag of dog or cat food your buying. This organization develops the laws and regulations controlling what’s in commercial animal feed. These laws are then used by local, state and federal agencies. AAFCO works on everything from consumer labels readability to assisting FDA scientists research ingredients.

A label that reads “complete and balanced” means that the food has met or exceeded the nutritional standards established by AAFCO. There isn’t an AAFCO approved label to be found on any bag of pet food but consumers can look at individual brands to see if they are following the AAFCO set of standards. This should ensure your loved ones are getting everything they can out of their food.  I was thrilled to find that brands carried here in our store like OrigenZignature, Fromm and Wellness all meet or exceed nutritional levels established by AAFCO.

If you want to learn more about what’s in your pets food click here, or ask a staff member at the Provincetown Pet Resort. Please remember to ask your veterinarian what each of your specific pets should be eating.

Bon Appétit!

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