HOW TO READ F A DOG FOOD LABEL
American association of feed control officials [AAFCO] model regulations call for five components to be on package labels:
Good Place to start when you are unsure of how much to feed your dog.
Refers to the specific food treats and table foods are extras.
BRAND AND PRODUCT NAME
AAFCO model regulations specify the exact wording of product names according to how much of the animal-based ingredients the product (food) actually contains.
If contains 100% meat, label will say = All Beef Food, 100% Venison, etc.
If contains 25% meat, label will say = Chicken Dinner, Recipe, or Entree.
If food is only meat flavored label will say.
If contains 95% meat, & label will say = Beef Dog Food,Chicken Dog Food, etc.
If contains 3% meat, label will say = "with", "contains", Chicken, Beef, etc.
Meaty chicken, beef, etc. Flavor.
A STATEMENT OF GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Gives you some idea of nutritional adequacy.
Tells you nothing about the sources of the protein, fat or fiber(For that, check the ingredients list).
A STATEMENT OF NUTRITIONAL ADEQUACY
AAFCO requires companies to demonstrate, in one of three ways, that their products really do support pet growth, maintenance, reproduction and lactation — or all of these life stages.
Meet AAFCO Nutrient Profile Means a feeding trial was not conducted. Label will say: Formulated to meet nutritional levels set by AAFCO.
Feeding Studies Means feeding trials were conducted and successful. Label will say: Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures.
Nutrient Profile Families Company conducted a feeding trial on ONE PRODUCT and any product family member with similar ingredients is assumed to work just as well. Requires no special designation on the label.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS
- A Good Rule of Thumb: Any ingredient that follows salt, on average, makes up LESS THAN 1% of the diet
- The first three ingredients should be a type of animal protein (chicken, beef, fish, etc.)
- Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight
- Most important sources of calories and protein are likely to be among the first FIVE ingredients