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Read the Pet Food Label

Read the Pet Food Label

Is your pet food healthy, or does it just say it is? The only way to know for sure is to read, and understand, the label. BLUE is proud of what’s on their labels (and in their foods) - and equally as proud of what’s not. And the reason is clear when you learn how to use the label to compare various dog and cat foods.

The First Ingredient is the Most Important

Why is the first ingredient so important? Because all pet food manufactures are required to list the ingredients of their food in order of weight. So, you would expect the first ingredient in any well-known dog or cat food brand to be meat, right? With BLUE, that’s always true. Look at a BLUE label and you will see the first ingredient is always real deboned chicken, fish, or lamb. (You can easily find big-name, conventional dog food or cat food with ground yellow corn as the first ingredient! Yellow corn has very little nutritional value and has been linked to allergies in some dogs. You’ll never see that with BLUE.)

The First 10 Ingredients Provide 80% or More of the Nutrition

If you review the first 10 ingredients on a pet food label, you will have a pretty good idea of the formula’s overall quality. Look for real meat, whole grains, vegetables or even fruit. You don’t want to see ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, or other lower-quality ingredients - and you sure don’t want to see them right up front! Look at the BLUE label for your dog or cat. BLUE thinks you’ll like what you see.

Be Careful of Tricks in the Labels

Some brands define their ingredients in several different ways - for example, listing corn meal, corn gluten, and corn bran - so “corn” is spread throughout the label. If you combined all the “corn” ingredients, it could easily become the number one ingredient. Wouldn’t you rather your best friend ate a meal that consisted mainly of chicken, fish or lamb?

Look for Artificial Preservatives

Yes, the top-10 ingredients are the most important, but do read the entire label. Many times, you’ll find any artificial flavors, preservatives or colorings listed towards the end.

The Ingredients You WANT to See...

In order to feed your dog or cat a healthy, well-balanced meal, what ingredients do you want to see in that all-important first 10 on the list?

  • Real meat. Look for chicken, fish or lamb on the BLUE label - all chosen as a source of top-quality, highly digestible protein. Your dog or cat needs protein for growth, maintenance, reproduction, repair, and energy.
  • Whole grains. You want to see brown rice, barley and oats to supply complex carbohydrates (the slow-burning kind) for long-lasting energy, and healthy fiber that’s removed (along with essential vitamins) from most processed grains.
  • Vegetables and fruit. You want your dog or cat to get their essential phytonutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes from an easily digested and absorbed natural source. And you want them to get natural vitamins, minerals and fibers in the way they can utilize best to promote and maintain health and wellness.

The Ingredients You DON’T Want to See...

Many traditional dog food and cat food manufacturers will plan their recipes around ingredients that are not the highest quality. What don’t you want to see?

  • Poultry (chicken) by-product meal. Poultry by-product meal can contain bones, offal, and even undeveloped eggs. It costs less than chicken muscle meat - and is less digestible.
  • Artificial color and chemical preservatives. You may see BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, and propylene glycol. None of these provide nutritional value and have been associated with possible side effects.
  • Corn. Wheat. Soy. These grains have been linked to allergic reactions in some dogs, so BLUE doesn’t include them in their recipes.

Choosing the BEST Dog or Cat Food...

With so many brands calling themselves “healthy,” “natural,” or “holistic,” how do you know which brand is really best for your dog or cat? As soon as you have the chance, compare the BLUE label to any other brand and see the difference. Once you really understand pet food labels, it’s easy to see which food will make a healthy difference for your four-legged family member!

Shop for BLUE dog food or BLUE cat food now.

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