What’s in Your Dog’s Food?

Survey shows cat and dog owners don’t know what ingredients are in their pets’ bowls.

Posted: October 10, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Despite the world’s largest pet food recall last year, a national survey released this week revealed many pet owners don’t know what ingredients are in their pets’ food.

The pet food survey was conducted online in August by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the Wellness brand of natural pet food and treats. Of the 1,305 U.S. pet owners surveyed, 906 were dog owners, and 783 were cat owners.

According to the survey, two-thirds of the pet owners said they feed their pets as if they were members of their families. However, 56 percent of pet owners said they always or often read the label of their own packaged foods, compared to 38 percent of dog owners and 38 percent of cat owners who said they always or often read the labels on their pets’ food. Wellness also reported that only 38 percent of those surveyed said they understand all the ingredients listed on their dog food and cat food labels.

Additional findings released by Wellness included:

  • Fifty-six percent worry their cat or dog food contains ingredients they wouldn’t want their pets to consume.
  • More than half dog or cat owners (55 percent) don’t know what federal body is charged with regulating pet food quality.
  • When asked to name the first ingredient listed on the label of their cat’s dry food, 48 percent of cat owners answered they are not sure.
  • When asked to name the first ingredient listed on the label of their dog’s dry food, 44 percent of dog owners answered they are not sure.


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Nedra   San Diego, CA

10/11/2008 10:03:55 AM

I think we need better legislation to protect our pets the AAFCO does a horrible job of regulating pet foods and Pet food companies are not monitoring the ingredients they are buying from other companies. The cancer rate in dogs has literally tripled over the past decade a lot of which is starting to be attributed to the food they eat. There is still ethoxiquin in Cat food but they now call it a Mixed Tocepherols If pet food companies, even the supposed healthy or natural lines would take more time producing better foods and spend less time trying to hide their ingredients on the labels it would be appreciated. If they tried to pull any of this with baby food there would be uproar and I think our pets deserve the same consideration

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

10/10/2008 11:52:46 PM

I'm very concerned about what my dog eats.

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lk   haven, CT

10/10/2008 10:24:02 PM

i always read labels

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bertha   SAN DIEGO, CA

10/10/2008 8:05:08 PM

i am more concern on the food that i feed my guys! pay more attention to labels thanks for all the information!!

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