Is It Pet Food?

I loved Darya Pino’s flowchart, “Is It Food,” posted earlier this month over at Huffington Post. Ever since, I’ve had flowcharts on the brain. Combine that with researching pet foods, and it’s only fitting that I’d end up making a chart to help folks figure out what to feed their feline and/or canine companions. In going through the chart, you’ll probably have the same revelation I did: Pet food is VERY different from human food. Not just in the “duh” way, but in some other pretty fundamental ways.

I now know a lot more about the pet food industry than you’d ever expect from a dietitian. This flowchart captures what I believe to be the most important factors to consider when buying pet food. If arrows make you dizzy, I recommend going directly to the pet food ratings on GoodGuide. Enjoy!

Thanks to Mike, Pedro, Dave, and Josh for their help. For the “Is It Food” flowchart, visit Huffington Post.

About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.
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