We take extra care when planning meals for our families, but what about our dog's food? From manufacturing and labeling to what certain ingredients are, it's important to inform yourself about where your dog food is made and what's in it before you pick up your next bag or can of dog food.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates "Made in USA" claims or labels for all products related to humans and pets, according to Mindy Bough, vice president of operations for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and manager of the ASPCA's Pet Nutrition Services.
For a product to bear a "Made in USA" label, it must be made of all or substantially all products from the United States. For pet food, that includes packaging, ingredients and production of the food, Bough said. If a company uses a "Made in USA" label but sources products from another country, they must have a disclaimer on the packaging (eg, "Made in the USA with lamb from New Zealand).
For the FTC to investigate a potential concern about food labels, a complaint must be filed, Bough, who is also the founder of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, said. Descriptions and labels
Because manufacturers know that you, the consumer, look for certain ingredients when buying dog food — like the words "chicken" or "real beef" — they include those names in their brands.
Fortunately, the Association of American Feed Control Officers (AAFCO) has specific rules for the percentage of named ingredients in a commodity and dog brand sold in the United States. Not sure where to get this info? Read more about 'How to read a dog tag'.
For the complete slideshow on what "Made in the USA" means for pets, visit petMD!