This may feel like an awful lot of effort to go through to feed your dog, but one of the best ways to get real information about what you’re giving her or him is to call up the company and ask. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association offers a handy guide of questions to ask. These cover what kind of research they’ve done on their products, whether they can provide full nutrient profiles, what else is manufactured where the food is made, and whether they have a full-time, qualified nutritionist on staff. Careful with that last one. “People tend to be pretty liberal about what it means to be a veterinarian nutritionist,” says Parker. In the U.S. the proper qualification would be a certification from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
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