Petsumer Report Review of the Month
December 2010 Petsumer Report reviews Catswell and Dogswell products, 4 cat treats, 9 dog foods, 29 dog treats; Fancy Feast, 8 new cat treats, Friskies, 39 new cat foods, 9 new cat treats, Fromm, 2 new cat foods, 6 new dog foods, 4 new dog treats; Goodlife Recipe, 2 new dog treats, and Halo, 3 new cat foods, 2 new dog foods, 5 new dog treats. A total of 122 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 752 cat foods, 120 cat treats, 1064 dog foods, and 273 dog treats; a total of 2209 pet product reviews.
The ‘new’ design of reviews are almost half way completed (whew!), giving subscribers additional understanding to pet food ingredients. The more Pet Owners learn about ingredients commonly used in pet foods, the easier it becomes to make safer, healthier decisions for your pet.
Dogswell Pet Foods
Dogswell dry, wet, and biscuits are manufactured in the U.S.; no information provided on who manufactures for them. Treats manufactured in China. Chicken meal is made from flesh, skin, cartilage and bones. For more information visit www.Dogswell.com
Happy Hips Lamb & Sweet Potato Stew Recipe Dog Food Can
Ingredients: Water Sufficient for Processing, Lamb, Lamb Liver, Beef, Beef Liver, Salmon, Dried Egg Product, Peas, Potato Starch, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Red Peppers, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Shrimp Meal (Source of Glucosamine), Canola Oil, Spinach, Garlic Powder, Flaxseed Oil, Squash, Cranberries, Blueberries, Zucchini, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Taurine, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride.
Red Flag Ingredients: Canola Oil
US Only Ingredients: Mainly U.S. and Canada; sometimes sourced from Phillippines, India, Italy, New Zealand, Morocco, Germany, France, Switzerland, Indonesia, Egypt, and/or the Netherlands. Some vitamins and minerals sourced from China.
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 3 years
Crude Protein: 8% Crude Fat: 4% Crude Fiber: 1% Moisture: 82%
Rating Note: Moisture ingredient is not scored. However, the additional moisture in can foods are of great benefit to cats and to a lesser extent dogs.
Plus: The Dogswell Representative told me ingredients are human grade/human quality. The mineral listings do read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). Contains Flaxseed oil – health promoting ingredient. This pet food contains several animal protein sources – lamb, liver, beef, salmon, egg.
Minus: This food does not appear to contain probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet); canned pet foods do not contain probiotics. Contains Garlic – controversial ingredient. Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium. The lining of the pet food can (13 oz) contains BPA; a controversial element in plastic linked to cancer and other illnesses. Contains Canola Oil; controversial oil not tested for safety with pet foods.
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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