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How to find the right food for your pet

How to find the right food for your pet

Q: Between periodic recalls and TV commercials touting pet foods with special ingredients — or the absence of undesirable ingredients — we’re confused about what food to buy our pets. Can you please shed some light?

A: According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $22 billion on pet food in 2014. Consumers have never had more pet food options. So how do you choose?

One starting point is the AAFCO standard. AAFCO — the Association of American Feed Control Officials — is a voluntary, nonprofit association of local, state and federal agencies that regulate the sale and...