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Choosing an appropriate, satisfactory, economical diet for your pet may feel daunting, with so many choices and so many different opinions on pet foods. By appropriate we mean one matched to your pet’s species, lifestage, and activity. Satisfactory means a diet that is:
1) Complete – contains all required nutrients.
2) Balanced –all nutrients are present in the proper proportions.
3) Palatable – will be eaten in sufficient amounts to keep the pet in moderate body condition.
4) Digestible – can be absorbed into the pet’s body for use.
5) Safe – is free of deficiencies, excesses, toxins, etc.
And economical means that the food is available at a price per Calorie that fits your budget.
There are three broad classifications of foods available for pets:
The information below can help guide you through the process of choosing a satisfactory diet by showing you how you can compare foods to decide which is best for you and your pet.