Keeping your pet healthy and in good shape should always be one of the primary cares of every animal owner, bringing wellness and happiness to both pet and carer. But, especially when faced with countless products and items, it can be difficult to know exactly what to feed your pet. Even more so understanding the basics of what constitutes a great, healthy diet thanks to ever-changing science and marketing fads and trends.
The first thing you’ll want to focus on in terms of your pet’s diet is balance. Make sure your pet gets a range of nutrients at every stage of its life and avoid repetition which can be both damaging and boring.
With a dog, for example, make sure you get dog food that’s fortified with plenty of vitamins and minerals.
The size and amount of food you give your pet is important. Too much and it can lead to weight issues and, along with it, mobility problems and disease. Too little and your pet can become undernourished.
Make sure you speak to your vet and research beforehand to find the perfect portions for your pet.
Just as it is for humans, water is as vital to animals also. Make sure your pet always has access to clean drinking water and check bowls or containers frequently. Cats, for example, like water that flows from a fountain.
Snacks can be great reward systems for helping to teach your pet new behavioural patterns but be careful how you often you treat. Approach snacks as a once-in-a-while type thing and you’ll be in a much more advanced position in terms of nutritionally benefiting your pet.
You don’t even have to go the typical treat route either, sometimes fresh fruit and vegetables can be just as well received as biscuits.
Some foods should, under no circumstances, ever be fed to your pets. Be sure to learn what’s considered healthy or not for your pet and be sure to provide only those foods deemed suitable. Whatever you do, don’t assume your pet can survive on a diet close to yours — chocolate for dogs, for instance, is a near-toxic poison.
Hopefully some of these nutritional nuggets will help you better refine your pet’s diet and help prolong their lives for future years ahead. More time for you to enjoy their company!