To say that pets are an important part of our lives seems like an understatement. As any pet lover can tell you, pets have a way of impacting your life in ways you cannot even begin to imagine, especially if you’ve never had the pleasure of coming home to the kind of fuzzy, happy, unconditional love that only a pet can give. For many, pets are simply part of the family, and they need to be treated as such.
You’ll want to keep these factors in mind when it comes time to find the best food and supplements for your pet.
“Meat” and “Organic” Ingredients
First thing’s first—what’s actually in that food you’re feeding your pet? One of the biggest mistakes pet owners make is overlooking the ingredients that go into pet food and instead buy on the basis of something else, such as bulk or brand alone. We’ll be getting back to both of those points, but for now, it’s safe to say that pet food is far more complex than just those two principles, and you’ll want to pay close attention to what passes for “meat” or “organic” ingredients in your pets’ food. This is especially true in the latter case, as some packages marked “organic” can include ingredients that might be natural, but probably are not be the best for your pets’ digestive systems. Remember, different animals’ digestive systems handle various ingredients differently, so what’s healthy and nutritious for one pet can be toxic for another. Be sure to read the label, and if you come across any feelings of doubt, don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian for help.
Nutrition Means Variety
Imagine eating a bowl of noodles for lunch. It’s not the most elaborate meal, but it’s reasonably nice and tides you over. Now imagine eating that same bowl of noodles for breakfast and for dinner. Then, take it a step further and imagine this all-noodle routine continuing every day of your life: all noodles, all the time. Does it sound boring? Does it sound like a good way to get all the nutrition you need? If not, then you probably want to look into ways to get your pet the kind of variety in their diet that they need to stay healthy. You can go about giving your pets the variety they need in a couple of different ways. On the one hand, you can do it the old fashioned way and utilise a variety of different foodstuffs for different pet meals throughout the day. If that sounds too labour intensive, brands such as Royal Canin offer a range of culinary options for pets, allowing owners to properly feed their pets without having to scour the whole shop for items.
Be Aware of Packaging Tricks
Two of the most common packaging tricks are to encourage purchases with celebrity endorsements or on the basis of bulk. In both cases, remember—it isn’t quantity or star-power that counts when it comes to pet food; it’s the quality ingredients. Trying to cut corners in this department could very well cut the other way if your pet becomes weak or sick as the result of malnutrition or toxic ingredients. So, take the time to find options that offer quality ingredients.
Show your pet the same love and attention they give you with the kind of meals they deserve.