The Basics of Pet Nutrition
You want what's best for your pet, so naturally, you want to feed them the healthiest diet possible.
But the truth is, every animal’s dietary needs are totally different, so the key is to learn some general information about pet nutrition which can help you make healthy choices for your four-legged friend.
We know a lot goes into deciding what to put in your pet's food bowl, so to make things easier, we’ve outlined some important points for you to help make that decision a little less confusing...
Some Common Mistakes
For starters, there are some common mistakes that you should avoid, like overfeeding your pet, choosing store-bought food full of filler ingredients, and underestimating the importance of a balanced diet. All these factors can potentially lead to health issues down the road for your pet, which will often end up in a few expensive trips to the vet!
Next, it’s important to know which kinds of wholesome foods and supplements you can give your pet. A dietary boost can help get your pal into tip-top shape, depending on his or her nutrition needs.
Then, you also have to decide whether you’d like to feed your dog or cat a kibble, wet food, cooked, or raw diet, based on his or her health and your budget and lifestyle. Yes, there’s a lot to consider!
While this may seem overwhelming, the good news is, small changes can make a big difference.
For instance, switching out high-calorie, processed treats for wholesome, homemade goodies can help animals reach or maintain a healthy weight.
Certain pet-safe whole foods like banana slices, carrots, plain cooked chicken, and eggs can offer a nutritional boost, too. And while these foods will supplement the diet with extra vitamins and minerals, your pal will just think they're getting a yummy snack!
Your Pet Depends On You!
Our pets depend on us to care for them, since they can't make these decisions for themselves. From preparing their meals to making sure their emotional and physical needs are met, it's our job to keep them as happy and healthy as possible.
You don’t have to be an expert to be a wonderful pet parent. However, you do have to have a little background knowledge about how to care for your companion - and that includes getting expert guidance from veterinarians and nutritionists you trust.
But while their help is crucial, at the end of the day, the decisions you make for your four-legged friend are ultimately up to you. So, listen to the advice of trusted professionals, do some research, and use your best judgement. After all, no one knows your pet quite as well as you!