Many wet foods aren’t a nutritionally balanced diet

Maggie feeds her furbaby a can in the morning, and a can in the evening. Every day she feeds the same food, like so many thousands of people do.

But listen up…!!

You may be shocked to know MANY WET FOODS ARE NOT A PROPER DIET!

Thousands and thousands of innocent consumers believe they’re feeding their pets a proper diet, but they’re not.

Take a look at the photo at the top, a common brand of pet food sold in almost every supermarket in Australia. Do you recognise it?

The first words we see are PREMIUM and QUALITY – these are merely marketing words to distract you from the truth.

Halfway down, in small letters, are the words “for occasional or supplemental feeding only“. This is all pet food manufacturers need to write on the label to say it’s not a nutritionally balanced diet. It’s nothing more than a “treat”, marketed as real food.

Your friendly pet food manufacturers aren’t very good at telling you this are they? Of course not, they want to keep costs down and profits up. For a food to be nutritionally balanced it must adhere to standards and contain all necessary vitamins and minerals for your pet to sustain a healthy life. The trouble is these things cost money, and money is more important to these companies than your pet’s health.

So if you feed a wet diet, please check the small print on the cans. Some wet foods are nutritionally balanced, many aren’t. Make sure you know what you’re feeding.

Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. Thanks to your posts/information I am now feeding my 5 pets a completely different diet….an educated & therefore HEALTHY diet! Thanks for bringing this to my attention, especially for my furbabies.
    Keep up the amazing work Pet Food Reviews!!

  2. Excellent article! I had no idea! Thanks!

    Your brilliant reply to Curiousmalik made me laugh my .. off! So thanks for that too! 😛

  3. I’m sorry but this is the worst pet food review ever and you need to get your facts. MOST WET PET FOODS ARE NOT A PROPER DIET !!!
    You honestly have no idea and never been to a pet food manufacturing facility.
    This manufacture is being responsible by stating this product is for supplemental feeding. If you look at the ingredients it’s Tuna. There are no artificial colours or preservatives. It’s probably better than John West Tuna !!!
    This product is a treat only. Most cat owners will feed dry food for health and wet food for taste and variety. Plus if you knew anything about pet nutrition yow would know that a dog or cat can have snacks or treats or even table scraps as long as they do not make up more than 10% of their daily calorie intake.

    If you are going to be serious about your reviews, get the facts, do your homework and get the other side of the story.

    • Oh my! Someone OBVIOUSLY has no IDEA about pet nutrition… Go get an education curiousmaliki before posting comments on websites. Idiot.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Welcome back Curious,

      Again, this is an open forum and constructive comments are welcome. If you have factual information to add from your wealth of experience in the pet food industry then please do so, but make it constructive.

      This post is aimed at those who feed supplemental foods believing they provide a pet with all the nutrition they need. They don’t.

      I can’t comment whether the tuna in this food is any better or worse than John West. That’s not the point of the article.

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