It's Time To Re-think Pet Food
Here at Mog & Marley, we believe that quality ingredients in pet food are incredibly important. Why? because our pets get their nutrition and energy from what they eat. Give them tasty & healthy food, and you'll see them improve mentally and physically.
We hope this short guide can help you learn what to look for when shopping for the best pet food. Fair warning, it's not for the faint of heart.
Whole Meat, Real Meat Vs "Meat Meal" & "Meat By-Product"
Whole meat or Real Meat are animal muscle tissue. This is the highest quality and least processed source of protein found in pet food. It is also highly digestible and nutritious. Other sources of protein are Poultry and Fish.
However, most pet food manufacturers use Meat Meal or Meat By-products as their main source of protein as they serve as cheaper, low quality alternatives to organic whole meat. Here's how they are different.
Meat Meal and Bone Meal
Rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents. High-heat processed and dehydrated combination of non-human edible remnants from slaughterhouses and fish processing factories.
The rendered product of animal by-products. It can also include animal parts such as blood, hair, hoof, hair, manure and stomach contents
The Case for Premium Pet Food
Some pet food companies use powdered 'meal' and other protein substitutes because it is a lot cheaper to produce.
Premium Brands like Vigor & Sage and Halo uses only Whole meat, poultry, and fish to because they are more digestible for your furry friend, meaning your pet can get more nutrients from their food. Vigor & Sage and Halo Pet foods are also vitamin-rich, nutritionally dense food with quality proteins, fats and carbohydrates for healthier, happier pets.
No growth hormones and no artificial preservatives. GMO-Free, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free. These brands are formulated to minimize the risk of food allergies, support overall health, help with weight management, and can meet your pet's unique dietary needs.
Check your Pet's Food
Take a look at your dog or cat's pet food label. Does it contain 'Meat Meal'? You may want to look at the second, third or fourth ingredient to make sure.Pet Food Names that contain "With" or "Flavor" also indicates a small percentage of real meat (ex. With Chicken or Chicken Flavored). It is also best to avoid vague names that fail to clearly identify the protein source (Animal by-product meal, Meat by-product meal, Animal fat).
Avoid labels containing artificial preservatives, artificial coloring, and high fructose levels, all of which has been linked to allergies and other illnesses.