- Learn how to read the ingredient label on the dog food packages (buycott.com, dog food analysis)
- Make a list of dog foods/brands you like
- Compare your list to recalled dog foods/brands (dog food advisor website)
- Edit your list and research prices online
- Test (buy a small bag first and slowly change the food)
"There are three basic standards that any good pet food can follow to be a good food for cats or dogs that can easily help guide you through pet food labels:
- There must be a good source of protein and a good source of fat in the first ten ingredients. This cannot include by-products, soy substitution, or processed meals.
- The minimum Crude Fat and the minimum Crude Protein must be at a balanced ratio of 1:2 (or half the fat to protein). For example if there is 12% crude fat, than there needs to be at least 24% crude protein.
- The package must be labeled with "Made in America," or "Made in Canada." It takes special certification to get this label, in which most of the ingredients come from the US and meet our standards for edible food. The labels, "Distributed in the US," or "Manufactured..." do not meet this standard, and probably contain unregulated imports."