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13 Ingredients You Never Want in Your Pet’s Food

Reader's Digest Canada Logo By Christina Vercelletto of Reader's Digest Canada | Slide 1 of 14: We all want the best for our loyal four-legged pals, especially when it comes to the food we give them. But it can be tricky to tell the good options from the not-so-good options—and even the downright dangerous ones. "With so many different pet foods on the market, it can be overwhelming to select the 'best' food for your dog or cat," agrees Rachel Barrack, DVM, founder of Animal Acupuncture in New York City. That's why it's always a good idea to discuss your pet's specific needs with your veterinarian before making any major dietary changes. You should also know what to look for before buying that new pet food you're considering...so you can pass on it. And if you've got a canine companion, check out the best dog food brands veterinarians feed their own pets.

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We all want the best for our loyal four-legged pals, especially when it comes to the food we give them. But it can be tricky to tell the good options from the not-so-good options—and even the downright dangerous ones. "With so many different pet foods on the market, it can be overwhelming to select the 'best' food for your dog or cat," agrees Rachel Barrack, DVM, founder of Animal Acupuncture in New York City. That's why it's always a good idea to discuss your pet's specific needs with your veterinarian before making any major dietary changes. You should also know what to look for before buying that new pet food you're considering...so you can pass on it. And if you've got a canine companion, check out the best dog food brands veterinarians feed their own pets.

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