How to Read Labels of Pet Food

How to Read Labels of Pet Food

Within the highly regulated pet food industry, understanding how to read pet food labels is vital for ensuring the best quality and nutrition. Pet owners worldwide are becoming more and more concerned with what they feed their animals and how it impacts their overall health. Responding to this need, Evanger’s adheres to the most stringent of industry standards and norms. We are committed to providing the most delicious and nutritious pet food in the industry.

Navigating the Ever-Evolving World of Pet Nutrition

Today’s pet owners are inundated with an overwhelming array of choices and brands. The aisles of grocery and pet stores are filled with various promises of nutrition and good taste. Like with most things, how can you trust these brands are best for your pet? Understanding this need for guidance, Evanger’s stands alone by prioritizing quality, care, and handcrafted excellence. To ensure we combined the most nutritious ingredients and best practices, we strictly adhere to the AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials), the FDA/CVM (Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine), the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).

High Quality Ingredients

Pet food should be more than just mere sustenance. It should be a delicious and nutritious filled delight for your furry companions. Our canned meals demonstrate culinary excellence and are a great mix for our dry foods. These gourmet dinners go beyond tasting great but offer a wide range of nutritional benefits. They combine much-needed vitamins and minerals with the highest quality meats available. These meals offer a balanced diet and cater to the unique needs of pets at every stage of life and breed.

The First Ingredient

The first ingredient in pet food should be a high-quality protein source. This is where Evanger’s separates itself from the competition. We ensure the primary ingredient is a top-notch protein source. While options like Vegetarian and 100% Sweet Potato are meat-free and vegetable-based, other meat-inclusive varieties feature quality proteins like chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, fish, and more.

The Biological Value of Proteins

At Evanger’s, we understand the biological value of proteins is critical for evaluating their nutritional efficiency. The biological value shows how effectively the body can use the protein. Simply put, the higher the biological value, the better the body can use the protein. Fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and other dairy products have high biological values. For example, eggs have a biological value of 100, while beef scores 80. We prioritize these high-quality proteins and understand the crucial role they play in providing essential nitrogen and amino acids which heavily contribute to the health of your pet.

Essential Amino Acids

Dogs and cats require nine necessary amino acids that their bodies cannot produce alone. These essential amino acids can only be provided through their diet. Turkey, chicken, lamb, beef, and fish are common Evanger’s varieties and are great sources of these much-needed amino acids.

Vegetarian Diets

At Evanger’s, we are committed to the palates and needs of every pet. That is why we offer balanced nutrition for even vegetarian diets. We successfully combine whole brown rice and peas guaranteeing the right mix of proteins. While peas lack methionine and whole brown rice lacks lysine when considered separately, together, they create a well-rounded, high biological value protein source.

At Evanger’s, we recognize that understanding and deciphering pet food labels can be daunting but necessary. Our dedication to quality, transparency, and high-level nutrition separates us from the competition and sets the industry standard. By understanding the significance of the first ingredient, the biological value of proteins, and the role of essential amino acids, pet owners can make informed choices, ensuring their furry friends receive the nourishment they deserve.

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Since 1935, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. has been the finest natural pet food company in the United States. Our founder, Fred Evanger, bred, exhibited, and championed his Great Danes in international kennel clubs. Mr. Evanger built a canning factory at his kennels so he could make quality pet food free of harmful additives or preservatives that was superior enough for his champions.

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