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How Fresh is Your Pet Food?
A Crucial Factor to Determine a Quality Pet Food
I walked by a soon-to-open pet store the other day. It looked like the building was still under construction. Through the windows from the street, I could see some brands of pet food bags stocked up on the floor in the store, waiting to be put on shelves. Several weeks had passed when I walked by the store again. I saw the pet food bags still lying on the floor exactly the way they were the last time I saw them. I began to think to myself, "I don�t see a sign of the store opening any time soon. There is already pet food there, casually lying on the ground. I wonder how old this pet food will be when the first customers purchase them."

What factors are usually important for you when you purchase food for your pets? Brand names? Ingredients? Price? These things certainly are important.

But wait!

Have you considered how "fresh" your pet food is?

Surprisingly, very few pet owners give this much thought. The FRESHNESS of the pet food your precious pets eat every day is a very important factor you should consider as one of the top priorities when you choose a pet food.

Think about this for a moment. When you shop for groceries at a supermarket, would you pick a wilted apple? Would you pick raw meat that was already changing color? Would you be eager to buy a deli sandwich if it expired that day? At home, would you eat left-over meals that have been sitting in the fridge for two weeks? How about stale cookies left on the table for a while at room temperature in mid-summer?

The same thing applies for pet food. Commercial pet food is made in a way that will last for a certain period of time (depending on each manufacturer�s goal and intention, this time may be shorter or longer.). But this does not mean you can buy pet food that was made many months ago and expect it to retain the exact amount of nutrients as the day it was made. Food is "nutrition" that gives your pets� bodies nourishment, builds their strength and maintains their health. The more freshly cooked the food is, the more vital nutrients are retained in it. If a pet food is "natural" or "holistic", freshness should be an even more important factor when you purchase it, because this means the food, in theory, does not contain any synthetic chemical preservatives - it was built to eat fresh, not last long. Keep in mind that as every day passes, pet foods that sit on a shelf at a store, a warehouse, or even at home will slowly lose their nutrients and vitality. The kibbles may still look like the same to us, but the nutrient loss over 8 to 12 month�s period is still significant.

So, how can we determine the freshness of the pet food we buy? The expiration date? Maybe. But again, depending on each manufacturer�s goal and intention, the meaning of the expiration dates can vary. Some pet food manufacturers make their pet food last longer by using more preservatives - whatever kind of preservatives they are. The expiration date may be 2 years from the date the food was cooked! Would you call a 1-year-old food "freshly-made"? This still doesn�t seem to answer the question "how fresh is the food when I buy it?"

The best and easiest way you can find out about the freshness of your pet food is to simply ask. But who can you ask? Can you ask the pet store owner and employees? After all, you bought the food from them, didn�t you? How about your dog groomer, cat breeder, dog trainer, or even your veterinarian who recommended the pet food?

Chances are you will hear, "I don�t know". They didn�t make the food, after all.

The best solution is to ask your pet food manufacturer. They are the one who made the food! Can you find their contact information easily? Can you get in touch with them without difficulty? Can you reach the company�s representatives? Do they get back to you without delay? How about the formulator? Does your pet food company offer any opportunity for customers to talk to the formulator in case they have more technical questions about the product?

Every pet food manufacturer has different goals and intentions when they make their pet foods. It�s up to us pet owners to find and learn more detailed information about the food we purchase. Pet foods may all look the same, and food labels on the bags do NOT certainly tell you everything you need to know - especially information such as how fresh a food is when it reaches you or what their quality control is like. (Quality control is another important factor you should look into. Ask yourself this question: Why and how have the recent pet food recalls occurred in the first place?)

Your pets� happiness (and your happiness also for that matter) is in your hands. YOU are in control of maintaining your precious pets� well-being. YOU make a decision on how much you invest in your pets� physical and emotional health and vitality today so that both of you can enjoy each other's company with the minimum veterinary visits for years ahead of you. Unless they were born and live in the wild, your pets CANNOT have a good life without your help. Their survival depends on your intervention. Your decisions, conscious efforts and devoted love make your pets "whole" in today�s world.

HealthyPetNet/Trilogy and Dr. Jane Bicks (the product formulator) put your pets� health top priority. We deliver the freshest food to your door! Learn more about Life�s Abundance Premium Pet foods to help your pets get good nutrition and enjoy vibrant health!

Special Note: Although every effort has been made to present healthy products and useful information to support your pets' health, the products and information contained within this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The contents of this site are not meant as a substitute for consultation with a trained veterinarian. If you are concerned about the health of your pets, you should ask your veterinarian for proper guidance suited to the specific condition of your pets. The owners of this website accept no liability for any consequences resulting from the use of products and/or information provided through this site. Please use your discretion when attending to your pets' health.
Special thanks to Fintan Darragh, Rich Bensen, Maggie, Jiji, and Mary Crissman for providing our pet pictures!
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