Petsumer Report Review of the Month
September 2010 Petsumer Report reviews 6 new cat foods, 10 new dog foods, 2 new dog treats from Artemis Pet Food; 3 new dog foods from California Naturals Pet Food; 4 new dog foods, and 3 new dog treats from Canidae Pet Food; 1 new cat food, 3 new dog foods from Castor Pollux Pet Foods, 11 new dog foods, 3 new dog treats from Cesar Pet Foods, and 2 new dog foods from Diamond Pet Foods. A total of 48 new products added this month.
Petsumer Report Online provides reviews, grade of ingredients, country of origin information, warning of risk ingredients, FDA recall information (and more) for 697 cat foods, 81 cat treats, 991 dog foods, and 207 dog treats; a total of 1976 pet product reviews.
By Nature Pet Foods
By Nature Pet Foods is owned by Blue Seal Feeds, Inc. Dry foods are manufactured at company owned facilities. Canned foods are made at Evangers in Ill. Fish meal is preserved with natural tocopherols. By Nature Pet Food did not respond to cooking time and temperature inquiry. For more information visit www.ByNaturePetFoods.com
Adult Cat Formula Dry
Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Oats, Chicken, Chicken Livers, Ground Brown Rice, Flaxseed Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavors, Alfalfa Meal, Fish Meal, Fish Oil (Natural Source of DHA), Yeast Culture, Salt, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Chicory Root, Raspberries, Turmeric, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, Dried Yeast Fermentation Solubles.
Red Flag Ingredients: No
US Only Ingredients: No – mostly U.S. and Canada, Lamb from New Zealand, Minerals from Europe
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 1 year
Crude Protein: 33% Crude Fat: 18% Crude Fiber: 4% Moisture: 10%
Plus: The By Nature Pet Food Representative told me the ingredients are human quality/grade. The mineral listings do read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). This pet food contains several quality animal protein sources (chicken meal, chicken liver, fish meal). Contains flax seed & alfalfa – quality ingredients.
Minus: This food does not appear to contain friendly bacteria (benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet).
To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.
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