Guaranteed Analysis: How to Make Sense of Pet Food Labels

Natural and dry dog's foodSurveying the vast array of pet food can send even the most relaxed pet owner into a state of utter distress. You have to choose between brands all vying for your purchase with vibrant colors or descriptions, but even after you settle on one, there’s the nutritional information that seems to exist only to confuse consumers.

Don’t fret. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have some tips on how to decipher pet food labels so your pet can benefit from a lifetime of appropriate nutrition.

Breaking it Down

Pet food labels usually include the ingredients list, the guaranteed analysis, and the AAFCO statement. AAFCO, or the Association of American Feed Control Officials, sets nutritional standards for pet food sold in the United States. The AAFCO statement will indicate that the food is formulated to meet nutritional levels for a specific breed, life stage (puppy or kitten food is very different than that intended for mature pets), and health requirements. Continue…