We count calories and check ingredients on the foods we eat and feed our families,Â and many say we should do the same for our furry friends.
Experts warn that the look of the label isn't everything, and it's important you make the right decisions when choosing your pet food.
"There's food out there that looks like little t-bone steaks. you think your dog knows what a t-bone steak looks like. it's obviously not for the dog's benefit that we do this, it's for the owner," says Veterinarian Dr. Harbin
But how do pet owners know what's safe and what's not?
Guy Wilson, owner of 'Earth Pets' right here in Gainesville .. says he has the secret to your pet's safety..
Â "There's a way to know- you have to educate yourself and the way to do it - the one thing they have to do.. they have all these beautiful bags and colors and pictures .. but there's an ingredients panel and that's what you have to read."
He says the ingredients don't lie, but advertising does.
High-end branding often contains the same ingredients as generic brands.
But how do you know what ingredients to look for?
"Wheat glutens or wheat products are very wide spread.. used in pet foods. soy, beef, pork.. there are so many different ingredients.. but again that's a decision that i'd probably take up with my veterinarian D
r. Harbin says it's extremely important to take charge of what you're feeding your pet," says Dr. Harbin
Doctor Harbin offers some tips to make sure your pet stays healthy.
"When it comes to food you really have to know your animal - do your research - because cheaper isn't always better.Â You have to live with the decision that you're doing the best thing for your pet," says pet owner Dennis Roth.
Thalia Hayen, WCJB TV-20 News
First... avoid foods like chocolate, tea, coffee, and anything with caffeine.
Also remember to get regular check ups and have their kidney's screened
And as soon as you notice something's wrong, don't wait to get your animal to the doctor.
So for those of you that can't resist those puppy dog eyes and continue to feed your dog scraps... that might not be what the doctor ordered.Â
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