By Kate Blanchard ESPN Staff WriterThe number of pets in the U.S. is expected to more than double in the next five years, according to a report from PetSmart.
The average age of an American’s pet is predicted to jump from 25 years old today to 36 years old in 2023.
It will also jump from 14% to 20% by 2035, according the report.
The pet food industry has been in a tailspin since 2014, when pet owners took a significant step to improve their pet’s health and longevity by reducing and eliminating antibiotics in their pet food.
The new report by PetSmart found that pet food has the most antibiotics and other contaminants in the food supply, which means it has been a huge factor in the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the development of new antibiotic-resistance strains, and other health problems.
“The petfood industry is in a tough spot,” said Gary Shrader, president of PetSmart North America, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Pet food has always been a commodity that is very hard to move, especially in a time of economic downturn,” Shraders comments said.
Shrader believes that pet owners should be more conscious of the ingredients in their food, especially pet food containing ingredients that are not only a concern for the animals, but also for the consumers.
“We have to make sure that our consumers are getting the right foods,” he said.
According to Shrades report, pet food with the highest levels of antibiotics is also the most likely to contain potentially harmful contaminants, including the antibiotic chloramphenicol.
He noted that pet foods containing chloramphelinicol, a common ingredient in pet food, are also the least likely to have any antibiotic residues.
Pet owners should also be aware that their pet can be a good source of free-radical-producing bacteria.
According to the report, the more bacteria that your pet consumes, the higher the risk of having free radicals generated in the body, which can lead to various diseases.
The risk of developing cancer is highest in dogs, who have the highest rate of cancer.
Shrads report also found that the most common type of free radicals produced by pet foods are hydrogen peroxide and carbon monoxide.
Accordingly, pet owners must be aware of how to prepare pet food for their pets, particularly in light of the increase in antibiotics and the development in pet allergies.
“I want my customers to be aware,” Shrsader said.
“I want them to make a plan to buy pet food that they can trust.
There are so many things to keep in mind.”
Pet owners also have a responsibility to monitor the quality of their pet foods, and be proactive in ensuring that their pets are getting all the nutrition and vitamins they need to live healthy lives.
Shrsad also said that it is important for pet owners to get more information about the ingredients used in their pets food, as pet food companies use them to influence the public and make food choices.
“If you want to be safe and comfortable with your pet, you have to know about the quality and ingredients,” Shrisader said, adding that pet-friendly pet food should be used when possible.
Pet food is made from several ingredients, including corn, soybeans, grains, milk, sugar, and salt.
Shriader said that petfood manufacturers use a combination of ingredients to produce the best possible pet food to meet pet needs.
“People need to understand the ingredients and make sure they are all good,” he added.
Pet foods are usually labeled in a variety of ways, including “food” and “milk,” “pets” and/or “biscuits.”
Pet food manufacturers also use other branding like the label of “organic” or “organic animal product.”
Shrade recommends pet owners get the most up-to-date pet food labels to ensure that their food is not only safe for their animals, its also safe for themselves and their pets.
Shriader believes the most important thing to remember is that pet ownership is a family affair.
“You should always take a good care of your pets and be aware and vigilant about any issues that arise, including if there are any allergies or allergies to certain foods,” Shreader said to pet owners.
“Don’t just be a passive consumer.
Take steps to ensure your pet’s food is healthy and nutritious.”