It is recommended that you only feed your pets specifically prepared pet food to meet their nutritional needs and provide fresh, clean drinking water.
Feeding your pet a PFI member brand will give you the peace of mind that you are feeding the best that you can afford, as these brands have committed to upholding international standards of quality & safety in pet nutrition. In so doing, these brands pledge to align their manufacturing with ethical and safe food processes, so you can rest assured that what it says on the bag is exactly what’s in the bag.
And while PFI membership is not compulsory, the rigorous screening and approval process that brands undergo before joining, endorses their commitment to continually uphold these minimum nutritional standards and to operate in a manner that puts the wellbeing of your pet first.
When choosing a pet food, keep in mind that:
- All pet foods available in South Africa require minimum nutritional standards and must register under Act 36 of 1947 (look out for the ‘V’ number, followed by "Act 36 of 1947”, displayed on the packaging as confirmation).
- Every type of animal is different and has unique dietary requirements. Even in the same type of animal, different breeds may have special requirements.
- To ensure your pet gets all the correct nutrients, for a content and healthy pet that aids in disease prevention, you should feed the best quality prepared pet food that you can afford.
- Although it is possible to prepare a healthy pet food using fresh ingredients from home, it will undoubtedly be more difficult - and costly - to ensure that the food is 100% properly balanced and contains all the nutrients your pet needs. It is also more likely to become spoiled, putting your pet's health at risk. Feeding an approved prepared pet food is less likely to cause these problems.
- Always read the 'fine print' on the pet food packaging to make sure that the food you purchase is approved and meets the highest industry standards. If there is not enough information on the package, do not buy that brand. Be aware that many 'cheap' and ‘low quality’ foods sold on the side of the road, through freelance agents, do not meet the required standards nor your pet’s minimum nutritional requirements.
- Feed your pet the correct amount per day, in divided meals. The packaging of all appropriately labelled pet food should include a feeding guideline.
- Nobody likes to waste, but avoid feeding table scraps and bones. This out-dated habit often causes health problems in your pet.
- Always ensure that your pet has easy access to plenty of fresh, clean drinking water.