Do current human food trends matter regarding pet foods? Listen to Steve Dale’s Pet World, national show, as Purina staff veterinarian Dr. Kurt Venator says pet foods have been “humanized.”
Venator says some trends are appropriate for pets, some not so much.
There are some misunderstandings regarding pet foods. As one example, propylene glycol (at the amount in pet foods) isn’t really a problem but since consumers are convinced it might be a problem, one brand simply replaced it with vegetable glycerin, clearly a good thing.
Today, consumers communicate with one another about what they like and what they don’t. And many pet owners have very strong feelings.
Venator says never be afraid to call the company and ask questions, like ‘Is your product actually manufactured at your own plants in the U.S.?’ He also notes that the ingredient list on a package, while important, doesn’t offer information on nutrients (which is arguably more important).