The 6 Pillars Of Choosing Commercial Pet Food

The 6 Pillars Of Choosing Commercial Pet Food

A note from Misty Pines.

We are passionate about the health of our pets and yours. As part of our ongoing effort to provide you with the very best in nutrition for your pets, we are considering carrying the Primal Raw frozen dog food product line: (List flavors). We need your input. Do you know about Primal? Are you interested in feeding raw food or perhaps supplementing your dogs diet with raw food? Send us an e-mail with your input or feedback and you’ll help us provide better service and offer food and treats that you want to give to your pets.

Another service that we offer is food and product delivery. If you live within 5 miles of Misty Pines we will deliver food or other items to your door for FREE! Call the office at 412.364.4122, place your order, pay over the phone and we’ll bring your order to you.

In addition we have added a Nutrition article to our monthly Gazette. This month we are starting at the basics and looking at The 6 Pillars of Choosing Pet Food. This article from Dr. Jean Dodds doesn’t so much tell you what to buy as it does tell you what to consider when buying. So, without further ado…

W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Choosing pet foods is possibly one of the most overwhelming decisions. Think about choosing pet food like choosing a pizza for yourself.

    Pizza

  1. Do you want a wheat crust or white crust?
  2. Do you want a gluten-free crust?
  3. Do you want thin, original, New York or Chicago style?
  4. Do you want tomato sauce?
  5. If you want tomato sauce, do you want it flavored with basil, garlic, oregano or all three?
  6. What kind of cheese do you want? Mozzarella or a mix?
  7. Do you want vegetables? If so, which ones? Organic? GMO-free?
  8. Do you want meat? If so, do you want pepperoni, sausage or both?
  9. Do you want to buy a frozen pizza, make one at home, order one for delivery, or go to a restaurant?

You have made these nine-plus decisions confidently and automatically in the past for yourself and your household. So, let’s apply the decision-making process to pet food.

    The Six Pillars of Choosing Pet Food

  1. Ingredients
    • What are they?
    • Will your pet have a sensitivity reaction to any of them?
  2. Sourcing
    • Where do the ingredients come from?
    • Are the grains, potatoes and vegetable ingredients GMO-free and organic
    • Are the proteins grass-fed or free-range?
    • Where do the added vitamins and minerals originate?

    See my two articles “Food Sourcing: Six tips when choosing your pet’s diet” and “GMO Foods and Mycotoxins in Pet Foods” for more information.

  3. Processing
    • Do you want kibble, raw or dehydrated?

    See my article “The Six Processed Forms of Dog and Cat Food”.

  4. Manufacturing
    • Has the manufacturer had any recent recalls?
    • What do you know about their facilities and food handling practices?
    • Is the food made in the company’s own plant or in a plant making products for many or several food companies?

    See my article “A Hush-Hush Topic: Mislabeled, undeclared, unidentified, or missing ingredients from pet foods”.

  5. Additives
    • Are the preservatives natural or synthetic (artificial)?
    • Does it contain artificial colors?

    See my blog post “The Cat That Ate the Kibble”.

  6. Balanced
    • Is the food balanced for your pet?
    • If not, will you need to supplement or worry about vitamin and mineral toxicity?

    See my article “Vitamin and Minerals – Supplementation and Overdoing It”.


Below is a list of the foods that we currently carry at Misty Pines. Stop in any time and we will help you choose the best food for your pet’s needs.

NATURE’S VARIETY PRAIRIE
4.5 # Chicken $12.99
13.5# Chicken $29.99
27# Chicken $50.99
4.5# Lamb $14.99
13.5# Lamb $33.99
27# Lamb $60.99
NATURE’S VARIETY INSTINCT
4.4# Chicken $16.99
25.3# Chicken $60.99
4.4# Beef $18.99
25.3# Beef $77.99
NATURE’S VARIETY RAW BOOST
4.1# Duck $22.99
23.5# Duck $87.99
4.1# Chicken $19.99
23.5# Chicken $69.99
4.1# Lamb $23.99
23.5# Lamb $97.99
4.1# Beef $22.99
23.5# Beef $88.99
NATURE’S VARIETY CAT INSTINCT
Inst. Chicken 5.5# $21.99
Inst. Chicken 12.1# $39.99
Inst. Frozen Med $18.99
NATURE’S VARIETY
INSTINCT RAW FREEZE DRIED
6 oz. Chicken $12.99
14 oz. Chicken $27.99
6 oz. Beef $14.99
14 oz. Beef $29.99
6 oz. Lamb $13.99
12 oz Lamb $28.99
NATURE’S VARIETY
INSTINCT RAW BITES FROZEN
4# Chicken Bites $25.99
4# Lamb Bites $30.99
4# Beef Bites $31.99
NATURE’S VARIETY
INSTINCT MEDALLIONS FROZEN
Chicken $18.99
Beef $22.99
Lamb $22.99
Duck $22.99
NATURE’S VARIETY
INSTINCT 2# CHUB – FROZEN
Chicken $8.99
Beef $11.99
NATURE’S VARIETY
INSTINCT PATTIES FROZEN
Duck $40.99
Turkey $31.99
Chicken $34.99
Lamb $39.99
NATURE’S VARIETY
CANNED FOOD
Chicken $3.59
Beef $3.59
Salmon $3.59
Duck $3.59
Venison $3.59
Lamb $3.59
FROMM
4# Game Bird $12.99
12# Game Bird $34.99
26# Game Bird $65.99
4# Pork & Peas $12.99
12# Pork & Peas $37.99
26# Pork & Peas $71.99
4# Lamb Lentil $12.99
12# Lamb Lentil $37.99
26# Lamb Lentil $71.99
CHICKEN SOUP LIGHT
6# $10.99
18# $27.99
35# $40.99


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