You may not realize how important it is to know what the pet food manufacturer is putting in the feed, but if you do not pay attention, it could cause some problems for your pet. Take the time to read the ingredients on the bag or can. It is especially important if your pet is very young or very old, the same as with people. Your pet needs to have food that will supply them with the proper nutrients for their health.
The next time you go to the store to buy animal food and pick up the bag of the cheap stuff, grab a bag of something more expensive and compare the ingredients. You may be surprised at the differences. Buy the brand you normally buy, but note what the other brands have in them. When you get home look up the ingredients you are not sure of to find out exactly what they are. You may be a bit put off by the term by-products, and you should be. While they may be what is left over after the butcher has cut the good pieces for humans, it could also be things like the grease something was cooked in.
It does not take a lot of work to get on the Internet and look up animal nutrition. Find out what it is that your pet needs for optimal health and then compare that to the different ingredients you saw on the feed bags. Once you know what it is your pet really needs, try to find the food that most closely resembles that. It may mean you have to go to a pet or feed store, but in the end, your pet will be healthier and happier.