May 2012 Petsumer Report adds 56 new dog food and 15 dog treat reviews of Science Diet; 4 cat foods, 14 dog foods, and 19 dog treat reviews from FreshPet, and 5 new dog food reviews from Just Food for Dogs.
Petsumer Report Online provides reviews, grade of ingredients, country of origin information, warning of risk ingredients, FDA recall information, GMO information (and more) for 966 cat foods, 121 cat treats, 1528 dog foods, and 401 dog treats; a total of 3016 pet product reviews.
Freshpet Pet Food
Freshpet Pet Foods are made in the US with the exception of the Sweet Potato treat in Canada, cat food cup products in Thailand, and Buffalo Chews made in India. In two email communications, Freshpet stated manufacturing plant has APHIS EU certification. However with further questioning they later stated an error was made; stated their plant is certified for Canada, not Europe. Freshpet is not GMO free. Freshpet has not responded to request for Pledge of Quality and Origin. For more information visit http://freshpet.com/
Ocean Whitefish & Salmon Recipe in Sauce Cat Food
Petsumer Report Rating:
Ingredients: Fish Broth, Ocean Whitefish, Salmon, Chicken, Natural Flavors, Carrots, Guar Gum, Carrageenan. Vitamins: Beta Carotene, Choline Chloride, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid. Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite.
Red Flag Ingredients: Carrageenan
US Only Ingredients: Products made in the US (all except sweet potato treat made in Canada, cat food cup products made in Thailand, buffalo chew in India) contain US sourced ingredients; company stated this includes all vitamins and minerals. Carrageenan sourced from Phillipines. Products made in other countries would source ingredients in those countries.
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 2 days opened, no information provided for unopened
Crude Protein: 7% Crude Fat: 2% Crude Fiber: 1% Moisture: 80%
Calories: No calorie information provided
Plus: The Freshpet Representative stated ingredients are USDA inspected and approved. The mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). This pet food contains several animal protein sources – fish, salmon, chicken.
Minus: Contains carrageenan; controversial gum linked to serious illness.
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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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