We know you love your pet and would do anything to make his or her life as long and fulfilling as possible. From walks, to play time, to providing lots of snuggles and scratches, seeing your pup’s wagging tail or hearing your kitty’s purr makes all the obligations of being a pet parent worth it.
But did you know that one of the best ways to show love for your pal is to learn a bit about animal nutrition? It may not be as fun as a surprise toy or treat, but it’s one of the most important things pet guardians can do. That’s because our four-legged friends can’t make dietary decisions for themselves, and they depend on us to be their advocates and take their care to heart. Plus, to keep pets happy, it’s crucial to keep them healthy, too!
Kibble, Home Cooked, or Raw?
When it comes to filling your dog or cat’s food bowl, there are lots of decisions to make. One of the first is deciding whether kibble, home cooked, or raw meals are best for your companion and your lifestyle. There are lots of things to factor in, including your dog or cat’s overall health, your budget, and whether you have time to prepare meals from scratch or you need the convenience of kibble. No matter which feeding style you choose, there are quality options out there — if you know what to look for.
If you decide to prepare your pup or kitty’s meals at home, it’s especially important to enlist the help of an animal nutritionist. The key to any healthy diet is balance, and if your pal’s meals lack some nutrients — or include too much of others — it can lead to serious health issues down the road.
However, if you don’t have time to make all your dog and cat’s meals, don’t worry; you can always add a nutritional boostby mixing healthy whole foods into his or her dish. After all, even the freshest, most natural diet won’t benefit anyone if it’s something you can’t stick to!
Ultimately, The Choice Is Yours
Our pets can’t make health-based decisions for themselves, and they depend on us to give them proper care. 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.