The best dog food you can buy today is not the one that costs $100 a kilogram, but what’s the best you can get for your dog’s first few weeks of life?
Here are some common questions we get asked about pet food: ‘Where can I get pet food from?’
Some pet food manufacturers will supply you with free samples of their pet food if you place an order for their product on their website.
But others will charge you a small amount to get the food delivered.
‘Where do I buy my pet food?’
Some supermarkets will ship pet food to your door, while others will sell pet food directly from a pet food factory.
If you’re buying from a supermarket, it might not be the best option.
What are the ingredients?
Some pet foods contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
The more the merrier.
Some pet nutritionists say that dog food containing a high protein, high carbohydrate or fat content can be dangerous.
What’s in the formula?
Most pet food companies use a formula that is designed to contain as little as possible of the ingredients that cause food allergies.
It can be difficult to find out the ingredients on pet food without going to the pet food supplier or the food company.
Some food companies may use different names for the ingredients in their pet foods.
For example, some brands of pet food that contain corn, soy or peanut oil may contain an ingredient called thiamin.
It is not a recognised food ingredient in Australia.
Some brands of dog food contain more than one ingredient.
For some pets, allergies may be caused by a combination of ingredients, which can be very challenging to test.
Are pet foods safe for use by people with food allergies?
All dog food companies have a website to help you make sure you are getting the food you need.
You can also check the label on the food before you buy.
Pet food companies can’t control the ingredients of their own products.
However, they can restrict ingredients that are in products they sell to people with allergies.
‘Is the food free of any additives?’
Some manufacturers may use additives that are not listed on their pet products.
For instance, some dog food brands include additives such as artificial colours and flavours.
They are often considered ‘natural’, but the ingredients may contain chemicals, pesticides and other allergens.
Some of these additives are considered safe for human consumption.
What is pet food for pets?
Most dog and cat food is for pet use only.
But pet food may also be used by people who have food allergies to certain allergens, such as wheat, gluten, nuts and fish.
Some ingredients are known to cause allergic symptoms for some pets.
These allergens can include eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, dairy and shellfish.
‘Do I need to be allergy free to use pet food?’
Most pet owners with allergies to these allergens are allergic to eggs, which are part of most pet foods made by pet food makers.
If a pet owner has an egg allergy, they should not use pet foods containing eggs.
‘How do I use pet feed for allergy testing?’
All pet food products contain a formula called an absorbent material.
This material is usually made from a mixture of animal or plant materials.
Some manufacturers will put ingredients into the feed directly into the pet feed, or the feed will be placed into a plastic bag and a spoon inserted into the food to dissolve it.
These products are labelled with the ingredients, and can be used to test food allergies for up to three weeks.
The amount of time it takes to test depends on the product.
If it takes longer than that, then the product is likely to be a food that contains allergens that are difficult to test, such that the test will not be conclusive.
‘What are the symptoms of food allergies?’
Some people with pet food allergies can experience symptoms such as itching, gas, diarrhea and abdominal pain, even if they do not have an allergy.
Other people with allergy-related symptoms include a sore throat, stomach pain, fever, runny nose, redness and swollen glands in the mouth and face.
Other symptoms include sneezing, swelling of the mouth or throat and a runny or runny discharge from the nose.
Itching may also develop when your pet has a stomach bug, an ear infection or when your dog eats something that causes allergic reactions to the skin.
Some people can’t tolerate the itching or discomfort caused by an allergic reaction, and some people experience side effects from the medication.
It may also affect the ability of your dog to groom itself.
You may have to repeat an allergy test to see if your dog is allergic to any other ingredients.
You should check your dog for allergies regularly, and try to get him tested every few weeks to ensure the test is valid.
‘Can I feed my dog the correct amount of food?’
Pet food is designed for dogs, so