Trends in Pet Foods and Treats
According to market research, the total sales of dog and cat foods in the United States reached $27 billion for 2018. This represents a 4% growth over the previous year. Moreover, pet food retailers are looking to give pet owners more of what they want: health-promoting benefits, safe food options, and human food trends for their dog and cats. Joining us today to talk about pet food and treat trends is Petrendologist Charlotte Reed and her English Toy Spaniel, Teign.
What pet parents want
Pet parents are increasingly concerned about preventive health care for their pets and are looking to feed their pets the best diets that they can. These concerned consumers are looking for companies that adhere to a transparent philosophy when bringing their product to market; pet food ingredients that offer proven health benefits; cat and dog food products made with human-grade ingredients; and pet food that contains nutraceuticals such as probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins.
Trends in pet foods
Unlike a conventional feeding plan where the same food is served at each meal, diet rotation involves varying a dog’s menu on a daily, weekly, or another periodic basis. Moreover, wet food is a great way to add variety to your dog or cat’s diet; it is easy on your pet’s stomach and adds moisture to support a healthy, digestive system. For example, Merrick offers wet recipes made with chunks of real beef or chicken in savory gravies along with farm fresh vegetables in a variety of flavors and ingredients to accommodate all of your dog’s dietary and nutritional needs. All foods are made in the Texas canneries and sourced by their expert team. Like all of the companies’ pet food recipes, their foods contain no corn, wheat, or soy. www.merrickpetcare.com
A raw food-based diet is a feeding option that has grown in popularity over the last decade. Enthusiasts believe that commercial and processed diets destroy enzymes, amino acid, and intracellular moisture to promote optimal pet health. NorthWest Naturals offers dog and cat raw, frozen and freeze-dried diets and treats. Freeze-dried diets are self-stabilized, easy and offer the majority of raw food benefits. Additionally, the food is soft, easy to chew, great to travel with and can be used for supplemental feeding or as a food topper. All diets are made at Morasch Meats in Portland, Oregon at a USDA inspected and certified facility. Morasch Meats is a leader in high-pressure processing and freezing which is a process capable of inactivating and eliminating pathogens and food spoilage microorganisms. Lastly, diet ingredients are sourced in the US, except for the New Zealand Lamb and French Duck. Their diets contain no artificial ingredient, colors, fillers.www.nw-naturals.net
Your dog is part of your family so why wouldn’t you want him to eat like you with mouth-watering recipes from around the globe? Tiki Dog “Taste of the World” offers complete, balanced nutrition in restaurant-inspired ready to serve meals, made for small dogs, with names akin to meals you would order for yourself, from Chicken Stir Fry, Beef Burgundy, and Chicken Carbonara, to Lamb Couscous and Chicken and Shrimp Paella. Taste of the World comes in convenient, single-serve cups that make packing your pup’s food a breeze. No need to worry about remembering their food bowl! Also, this type of packaging makes it easier if you need to evacuate with your pet due to natural disasters and other emergencies situations.www.tikipets.com
Many treats today are multi-functional. For example, ActivPetz™ is a cost-effective and tastier way to promote your pet’s health. They are USA made dog treats containing significant levels of veterinarian recommended supplements. ActivPetz are real meat and fish treats that are grain, wheat, gluten, soy, and corn-free. Available in four delicious nutritionally focused formulas, with two protein varieties per formula. 1) Hip & Joint Health; 2) Digestive Health Plus Probiotics; 3) Multivitamin and Immune Booster, and 4) Skin and Coat formulas. www.lovingpetsproducts.com
Other pet food trends you will see are direct to consumer, personalized meals, breed-specific diets, unusual proteins like goat and kangaroo, Keto, Paleo, under the weather diets, ancient grains like sorghum, amaranth, quinoa, microalgae and even diets that contain insects like cricket as their main source of protein.
What pet owners need to know
Since 2018, the Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) has been conducting an ongoing investigation into reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as “grain-free,” which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, and other legumes. It is important to note that this is the very beginning of the investigation and there is more research to follow from the FDA and the pet food companies. It is always a good idea to talk to your vet if you have concerns about what your pet are eating and how your food brand can affect his or her health
In the news
It is always a good idea to set up Google Alerts on your phone regarding your brand of pet food to follow all the news including recalls, brand acquisitions and more.