5 Tips for Ensuring Your Pet Has a Clean and Nutritious Diet

5 Tips for Ensuring Your Pet Has a Clean and Nutritious Diet

Your pet is more than a mere companion. They’re family. As such, they deserve the most nourishing meals you can provide. The right food can go far in giving your best friend a long and active life.

However, it’s crucial to know what you should look for and avoid. Here are five tips for ensuring your pet has a clean and nutritious diet.

1. Know the Risks

Your food can go bad or get contaminated by mold or critters. So can your pet’s. Many cat owners have made emergency runs to the veterinarian after their kitty consumed food containing storage mites.

Part of the problem is the carnivorous diet dogs and cats follow. Fats, protein meals and meat slurries are all susceptible to cross-contamination and bacterial growth. Even finished, dried pet foods can be contaminated with mold, yeast and Salmonella.

Pay attention if your pet stops eating food they usually love. Likewise, contact your vet if you notice signs of foodborne illness like vomiting and diarrhea.

2. Talk to Your Veterinarian

Should you feed your new Rottweiler dry food, canned or one of those new-fangled refrigerated meals from the pet section? Should you cook them a filet? Ultimately, your veterinarian is your best source of advice.

For example, some cats are prone to struvite crystals, which can block their urinary tract, causing extreme pain and litter box issues. If so, your doctor will treat the kitty with medication or surgery, then put them on a special diet to prevent a recurrence.

Other pets are prone to sensitive stomachs. The American Kennel Club notes that some pups might do better with bland foods prepared at home, such as cooked chicken and rice.

3. Look at Their Poop

Another clue to your pet’s dietary needs lies in their litter box or leavings on your daily walk. Your pet’s stool should look and feel relatively firm and solid. While it will have an odor, extreme foul smells hint that something is wrong with their diet.

For example, runny, stinky stools in cats often indicate a lack of fiber. A pre and probiotic supplement added to their water or a bit of pumpkin with their food can often resolve the problem. However, contact your veterinarian if these remedies don’t help, as such symptoms can also indicate a parasite.

4. Consider Their Lifestyle

Dogs and outdoor cats are prone to parasites from things they consume. Typically, animals know to leave food that will harm them alone. However, hunger or pica might have them eating something they shouldn’t.

Likewise, outdoor cats can get salmonella from eating birds. If possible, leave your feline friend indoors. Indoor cats enjoy longer, healthier lives than their outdoor kin, free from threats of coyotes and passing cars. Plus, cats kill 2.4 billion birds each year in the United States alone. Please do your part to support your local robin population.

5. Go Back to the Wild

When considering what to feed your pet, think about what they would eat in the wild. For example, cats are obligate carnivores — they cannot survive on a vegan diet. That doesn’t stop some people from trying it, anyway. Please reconsider.

These rules can help determine what to feed small animals like rabbits and rodents. For example, you should go easy on the carrots with Bugs Bunny, as these critters do best on a diet consisting primarily of leafy greens. Root vegetables have too high a sugar content, although you can give them as occasional treats.

Follow their wild instincts to know how often to feed your fur babies, too. Your dog or cat doesn’t need three squares, even though you might feel bad eating lunch without giving them a nibble. Twice a day feedings are sufficient for most except nursing infants too soon separated from their dams.

A Clean and Nutritious Diet for Your Pet

Your pet is a part of the family. You want them to live a long, healthy life, and feeding them the right diet can help.

Follow the five tips above for ensuring your pet has a clean and nutritious diet. They’ll thank you with better health and more years of unconditional love and companionship.




     

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