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KINN guide to the healthiest pet food

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You've probably noticed from our Instagram that we love pets at the KINN HQ - especially dogs - which is why we take extra care to feed them properly. Just like humans, animals live a healthier and probably happier life with better quality food and the right nutrients. Here's our guide to the healthiest pet food! 

1. Understand what good-quality pet food is 

A good start would be to learn abut the reputation of the pet food company, how thorough their quality control is and whether the company has a nutritionist. Next, look to see where they source their raw ingredients is sourced and whether they are free from toxins and other harmful substances. It's also important to understand whether they provide a complete nutrient profile - if they don't, or the profile doesn't look right, it probably isn't one you want to go for. 
Another good place to look is the label. It should include a nutritional adequacy statement (AAFCO statement) that tells you whether the diet is nutritionally adequate for your pet and its age. Also try to spot ingredients that seem normal and wholesome, like meats or by-products, fruit and veg, complex carbs and so on. Ideally they're in the first couple of lines, not at the end underneath the minerals section… 
The final tip for quality pet food is opt for minimally processed foods. These are either raw, dehydrated or lightly cooked. The more processed food is, the more nutrients are lost. 

2. Common challenges of cooked pet food  

When food is cooked (or processed) too much, it can have the following effect:

  • Loss of essential nutrients (e.g. vitamin v or amino acids)
  • Loss of nonessential nutrients (e.g. phytonutrients) which can lead to health conditions
  • Loss of antioxidants
  • Increase in glycated end products, which have been thought to cause cancer in humans.

3. How to tell if food is balanced and right for your pet  

There are a whole list of ways to tell whether your pet is getting a balanced diet. You should look for any:

  • Skin problems
  • Gastrointestinal or urinary problems
  • Weight gain or loss while eating a reasonable amount

When any condition is chronic or prolonged, an owner should think about their pet's food. 

4. Common misconceptions about pet food  

One common misconception is that processing food kills digestive enzymes. In fact, the enzymes in processed pet food have no impact on digestion. Instead, a wide range of nutrients can be destroyed, whereas raw or lightly processed foods retain more of these nutrients. Another misconception is that many dogs have chicken allergies. While some might develop an allergy (when chicken should definitely be avoided), often what happens is owners who notice a pet's condition change their food to one without chicken and notice improvements, yet the difference could lie in the protein or nutrient profile change in the product, rather than the source of protein.

In any case, if you change up your pet's food and it cures any condition, it's a good thing - as long as other quality essential nutrients are also being provided.

 

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