Dog Food Test Report
Product test reports on products are commonplace these days – from test laboratories or directly published by consumers. There are many studies on dog foods by various institutes which are designed to help direct a consumer to the right choice of products.
But does this type of study really help when deciding on what to buy and when evaluating dog food products? In order to understand dog food tests and their results correctly, you need to be fully aware of and understand the test procedures.
Some basic facts: most test results draw conclusions on the safety of individual dog food products. This is generally included in all cases. Similarly, most dog food tests show that the examined products conform to legal regulations based on the required product information. In addition, the studies usually confirm that the dog food tested appropriately provides a dog with the minimum nutritional requirements as outlined by the food scientists' general recommendations.
Therefore, if the test assesses the dog food as “good”, it can be safely fed to a dog without risk of deficiencies in crucial nutritional ingredients.
Unfortunately, some important criteria are not rated in most dog food tests. For instance, mattters regarding how well the ingredients are processed and digested by a dog or regarding the quality of the processed additives are generally not mentioned.
Check if the tests answer the following questions:
Has animal bone meal been processed in the food (and if so, of what quality)?
Has fresh meat been used?
Meat is the source of the protein in the food. How much of it is used in the product. Are there any additional food ingredients listed that are not included in the standard scientific recommendations? For example, does the test include valuable herbs or green-lipped mussel extracts? These complete a balanced diet for the animal.
Furthermore, in most tests dog food with a group declaration such as “meat and animal by-products” is falsely given the same relevance as a product that has individually specified components. In contrast to the group declaration, which leaves the consumer in the dark about the exact composition, the individual declaration lists all the nutritional ingredients. It is also very rare that dog food tests indicate how the food is preserved or whether the production process uses taste or colour additives.
Our advice: stay in control of the decision making process and always read the dog food label carefully! Dog food tests in the current form (unfortunately) give at most a rough overview and by no means indicate which food product is best for your pet in the long term.