Tag Archives: country of origin

Is this really a bargain?

Bargain dog treatsNew Zealanders love a bargain and a current special on one of the ‘limited day deal’ sites lists “100% Natural” dog treats, 184 of them in total, for $19.99.

Take a look at that photo.  I see artificial colours in the munchy sticks and raw hides that are known to cause choking problems and intestinal blockages.  And, there is no country of origin labeling, either.  So who knows where they have come from and what methods have gone into preparing them.

But, if they can afford to sell so many treats for this price, a savvy dog parent should be asking where they have come from.

Readers who follow my column in NZ Dog World know that I have a problem with linking responsible dog owners with anything ‘cheap.’  A bargain is only a bargain when you get quality and integrity for a good price and you should know where your dog’s food is coming from.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Label reading

There is a lot of information on the web about reading the food ingredient label on your dog’s food.  Some of the advice I agree with, some of it is purely marketing.

But I have a much simpler test for you.  If you feed a commercially prepared food (whether raw, cooked or processed), take a look at the label.

What is the country of origin?

Here’s the label on the commercial kibble that I am currently feeding Izzy (she is on a diet of home-cooked mixed with this food).  It is made in New Zealand (where we live).

pet food label

Where is yours made?

Country of origin labeling can offer an insight into quality, particularly in terms of things like food safety, security of the supply chain, and length of time the product has been on the shelf.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand