Many dog owners are no longer sure which food should actually land in their favorite bowl. Not only are there uncertainties about the right nutrient composition, a test of Stiftung Warentest makes even less hope for clarity. A total of 30 wet foods were investigated. The partially poor result lets dog owners now sit up and think about alternative diets for the dog.
What is on it, is not always in it
According to Stiftung Warentest, a defective or even misleading declaration of the ingredients was often a problem. The analysis of the food samples in the laboratory showed more exactly, because poultry and pork were suddenly found in a feed containing one hundred percent of beef. Anyone who has so far relied on a high-quality reindeer feed, also bitterly disappointed. Thus, not even a small part of reindeer was included in said food. Basically, however, this does not mean that it can come straight to problems, because dogs do not necessarily need animal muscle meat, since it contains relatively little nutrients. On the other hand, foods that are enriched with offal provide for an increased nutrient content, which is why dog owners should pay attention to this. Even if the defective declaration does not present a direct danger to the dog, it is nevertheless a sign of low trustworthiness.
The following varieties were tested:
Problem area nutrients
Of course, the dog body needs a species-appropriate nutrient mix to stay healthy and vital long-term. Only with enough vitamins and minerals is this possible. Here, however, Stiftung Warentest discovered another weak point in many types of wet foods, as nutrients in particular lacked many samples. This was the reason to dismiss as many as 14 of the tested foods with the grade "deficient" from the test. However, one bright spot was eight wet food samples, where the nutrients were optimally adapted to the needs of a dog. That this not only expensive branded products, but also cheaper alternatives from discounters were to find, shows that the price is not a quality feature. According to Stiftung Warentest, it is quite possible to fully nourish a dog with a wet food daily for under one Euro.