The Pet Food Manufacturer's Association has continued to developed a range of generic educational tools and resources to help answer your pet food, pet care and weight management questions.
These fact sheets can all be downloaded (for free) and displayed in your vet practice, pet shop, welfare charity or educational establishment. They have all been produced for educational purposes and the P.F.M.A. ask that you don't change the format or use them to sell any particular product
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Pet Food Ingredients
To ensure safe and nutritious products, there are strict rules governing the ingredients that can be used in pet food. The pet food industry uses surplus products from the human food chain all of which must come from animals that have been slaughtered under veterinary supervision and meet the very high standards set in EU legislation.
Pet Food Labels
Pet food labeling falls under EU legislation for animal feed. It doesn’t have it’s own set of rules and it doesn’t fall under the rules for human food either. Some of the terms are more tailored to the farmer than the pet owner. The law requires that the label contains certain key pieces of information including a list of ingredients (referred to on the label as ‘Composition’), additives and a nutrition analysis (referred to as ‘Analytical Constituents’) along with feeding guidelines.
Puppies have a lot of growing up to do in a relatively short space of time. They have to develop their muscles, bones, skin and fur, teeth and internal organs very rapidly, as well as learn the important skills of socialisation. Getting the diet right from this early stage will set them in great stead for this amazing period of growth.
A Grain Free Diet ?
Grain free pet foods have recently become popular and they link in to the concept of the ancestral diet; the diet a non domesticated dog or cat would have eaten in the wild. Feeding a high protein diet is very appealing to some owners and it can still be achieved in diets that contain some grains.
Carbohydrates in Dog and Cat Food
People often use the terms ‘Carbohydrates’ or ‘Carbs’ when they are probably referring to starches! This is not a correct use of the term because starches are only one type of carbohydrates. Sugars, starches and dietary fibres (including prebiotics) are all different types of carbohydrates with different roles in the body of animals.
Are Vegetarian Diets for Cats and Dogs Safe?
Cats and dogs have very specific nutritional needs that are affected by many variables including breed, level of activity, age, size and sex. It is sometimes supposed that the nutritional needs of cats and dogs are similar and that they can be fed the same food. This is not the case; both cats and dogs have evolved differently and their physiology and needs are very specific to their species.