SimpleWag Quiz Answers

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1) The "Best By" date on pet food products means... | No industry standard exists and it varies by manufacturer.

Explanation: Some pet food manufacturers use the "Best By" date to only suggest the pet food be consumed prior to this date; others use this date as a final deadline. In both cases it probably makes sense to feed your pet their food prior to the "Best By" date.  If you are aware of your pet food manufacturer’s pet food shelf life (dry/kibble pet foods vary in shelf life from 6 months to 2 years; can pet foods vary in shelf life from 2 years to 5 years), the "Best B"y date can help you determine when the food was actually made and thus potentially how fresh the food is.  Pay attention to the "Best By" information on each pet food and treat purchase you make; the fresher the food, typically the more nutrition your pet is provided.

2) Food dyes used in pet food... | Provide little to no nutrition, but are linked to numerous health risks.

Explanation: Common food dyes used in pet foods/treats include Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6. All of these are potentially linked to serious illness.  From hyperactivity to tumors to cancer risk. Be wary of any product using dyes to make their food more appealing to you - it's doubtful your furry friend is concerned with the appearance.

3) The pet food/treat ingredient list on the label will provide the owner with all of the ingredients in the product. | FALSE

Explanation: This one made us seriously angry. Pet food regulations do not require a pet food manufacturer to list any ingredient in the food/treat that the manufacturer did not specifically add.  An example of this is a chemical preservative known as ethoxyquin.  Some pet food fish meal suppliers preserve the fish meal with natural preservatives such as tocopherols and other pet food fish meal suppliers preserve the fish meal with risky chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin.  Because the fish meal supplier added the preservative and not the pet food manufacturer, the preservative is not required to be listed on the label.

4) What pet food/treat ingredients did the FDA determine to be the most likely to contain pentobarbital (a potentially lethal drug used to euthanize animals)? | Animal fat, meat and bone meal, beef and bone meal, and animal digest.

Explanation: From the FDA website “There appear to be associations between rendered or hydrolyzed ingredients and the presence of pentobarbital in dog food. The ingredients Meat and Bone Meal (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD) are rendered or hydrolyzed from animal sources that could include euthanized animals.”  You read that right! They are potentially feeding your precious pet the remains of another euthanized animal!!!

5) Federal Law does not currently prevent pet food/treat labels from making false or untrue statements regarding the quality of the food or treat.. | TRUE

Explanation: Federal pet food regulations do not currently prohibit pet food/treat labels from making “unqualified claims either directly or indirectly.” Thankfully, it appears that a number of states are being active in applying stricter local regulations.

 6) What is "chicken by-product"? | Chicken feet, backs, liver, lungs, head, brains, kidneys, stomach and intestines.

Explanation: By product is what’s left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. They include the waste of meat processing not intended for human consumption.

 7) What does AAFCO stand for? | Association of American Feed Control Officials

Explanation: The AAFCO is the regulating body that implements safe and healthy standards for manufacturing animal foods in North America. They produce guidelines for the types of ingredients animal feed can contain and the nutritional levels that must be met to be considered a complete, balanced diet.

8) You should stay away from foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce. | FALSE

Explanation: While it is ideal that the first ingredients you see are things you recognize; it is common for vitamins/minerals and pre/probiotics to be listed at the end of the ingredient panel. Don't assume that ingredients you don't recognize are categorically bad or good. While we prefer a simple, basic ingredient list, we understand that some things can be good for your pet that aren't in our everyday vocabulary.