It is always many factors that have to be considered to get the best dog or cat foods for our lovely pet. We want to get the best food for our dog and cat just like we have for daily meal. You sure won’t get bad foods, so you don’t want to give your pet bad foods also.
Since there are a lot pet food and snack in the market, you may get confused which one is better for your lovely four legged family. We will first consider the pet’s needs, then consider the nutrient containing in the foods.
Sometimes, not all of the food will be suitable for your lovely pet. It is often that the food is somehow causing an allergic or other symptoms, so before you decide which brand or food you will take, let’s first compare some product.
In this article, we will talk about two products that popular among the pet lovers. There are Purina Plan and Iams Dog Food. Let’s talk about what they can do for your Pet so you can consider which one is better.
What is the most important thing you should understand first about your pet food? Of course the nutrients contains on it. Each food product should contain Protein, fat and fiber, so here what we can see about the nutrient on both products.
Protein is a nutrient that should contains on either dog or cat food. Without enough protein, your pet could be experiencing some serious health problem. So, make sure to get the great protein content in your pet food.
Based on the data, it shows that the Purina Pro Plan has higher Protein. There are about 4,39% higher protein inside the Purina Pro Plan Recipe than the Iams Dog Foods Recipe. But both products is have enough protein Content on them. So, you can be relaxed that the two products is good for your pets.
Next important nutrient should there for your pet is Fat. What is fat for? Are there any benefit? Of course there are. It won’t put in the recipe if it is not giving any benefit for your pet. Even you , as human also need Fat.
In some analysis conduct, it was found that the both products are containing a great amount of fat, enough to fulfill what the pets need. For the dry foods, the Purina Pro Pan is having higher fat contains while the wet food, Iams Dog Foods recipe have more fat inside.
Then, it should be fiber containing inside the pet foods recipe. We know that for human, fiber is important substance related to the digestive system. It also happens to the pet, but it’s more likely to contribute to give the pet fullness feel.
Based on some data, it was understand that many dog and cat foods, bit dry and wet is having rough amount of fiber. Just like the Purina Pro Plan and Iams Dog Foods, both have great amount of fiber in the food recipe. But Iams Dog Foods have higher amount of fiber.
Other thing need to consider is the safety of the product. Just like us, our lovely four legged family is also living thing that should taken care of. You won’t eat something bad or dangerous that may make you get serious illness, so the pet is.
Both Products has been recalled for the safety of the products. The Purina Pro Plan has been recalled once due to the incorrect mineral and vitamins on March 9, 2016. And the Iams Dog Foods has been recalled twice because the salmonella in the product on August 14, 2013 and July 30, 2010.
Ingredients are all substance for making the recipe. Normally, the ingredients inside of the foods should have high vitamins, minerals and other substance that is useful for your pets’ health. The products also should be something that commonly eaten. But both products, somehow using many controversial ingredients that some are considered as dangerous to eat. Here are the controversial ingredients used by both products:
- Liver, Canola Oil, Canola Meal & Pea Protein.
- Brewers Rice, Wheat Gluten, Caramel Color & Vegetable Oil.
- Poultry Giblets, Corn Gluten, Meal Meat By-Products & Ground Yellow Corn.
- Powdered Cellulose, Chicken By-Products & Chicken By-Product Meal.
- Poultry By-Product Meal & Soybean Protein Isolate
- Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)
As you see, there are many abnormal ingredients that usually avoided by other company to used in their products. But, here in Purina Pro Plan and Iams Dog Foods, they dare to use them stated that it is have a good substance that benefiting the pets. And here are the controversial ingredients used only by the Purina Pro Plan:
- Poultry, Ground Wheat, Animal Digest & Garlic Powder
- Soybean Flour, Soybean Hulls, Corn Germ Meal & Dried Corn Syrup
- Whole Grain Corn & Whole Grain Wheat
- Poultry By-Products & Soybean Protein Concentrate
You can see, that this products using Grain, which is the most avoided ingredients by the pet foods maker. Usually, they are having slogan “no grain” but in this products you can found whole grain wheat as the ingredients of the recipe, even Poultry By – Products that always avoided by others.
If there are the controversial ingredients used only by Purina Pro Plan, there are also other controversial ingredients used only by the Iams Dog Food, There are:
- Caramel, Beet Pulp, Corn Meal & Corn Grits
- Iron Oxide, Fish Digest, Ground Corn & Tomato Pomace
- Feeding Oatmeal, Beef By-Products & Dried Meat By-Products
- Ground Whole Grain Corn & Poultry Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)
The most interesting ingredients here is that you can found Beet Pulp. Have you imagine that ingredients?
Based on those controversial ingredients, either Purina Pro Plan or Iams Dog Food is also using some ingredients that can be considered as harmful for your four legged family health, there are:
- Corn Oil, Yellow 5, Added Color & Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
And also there are some other harmful ingredients used only by Purina Pro Plan:
- Bha, Red 3 & Bht
And here are harmful Ingredients used only by Iams Dog Food:
- Yellow 6, Blue 2 &Red 40
- Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol, Bisulfite & Ethoxyquin
Purina Pro Plan vs Iams Dog Food
Finally, based on those comparisons above, we can state that both products having their own risk and benefit. So, you should be as wise as possible to decide which food is better for your lovely pet. Because you should treat them the way you want to be treat since they are also living thing.