quality diet is the basis for good health in pets and people alike. Feeding
your pet a quality diet can often help your pet live a happier healthier
life, and the additional cost that comes with some quality foods is often
offset by the reduced medical care that a pet will require throughout its
lifetime. For many, choosing pet food is as simple as picking out a good
food often recommend by a vet or other pet care professional. However, there
are a few things to consider when thinking about the overall diet of your
pet. One of the most common pitfalls for pet owners is over-feeding either
food or treats. Family dogs, in particular, can often become quite skilled
at going from one person to the next begging for an extra treat, or a bite
of someone’s snack. While tempting, giving extra treats isn’t
a healthy choice. Human food is especially bad for pets. Dairy, salt and
sugar often found in these foods can cause an upset stomach or digestive
troubles. A pet at a healthy weight will have a defined waistline. If your
pet is getting a little wide cutting back on food and/or treats is recommended.
Also be aware that as pets get older and their activity level drops the amount
of food needed will also decrease.
Natural diets are also a good choice for pets. There is less of a strain
of a pets system when there are less preservatives and fillers in a food.
This becomes particularly important for sensitive pets. Some pets can have
difficultly with digesting certain foods. Often quality natural foods remedy
this problem. Also, more and more pets are developing allergies. While
the allergy can be connected to any ingredient, often this situation is
also remedied with a quality natural diet. A vet can also provide valuable
information about what foods to choose if a pet has allergies or food sensitivities.
Finally, keep the water bowl filled. Pet foods don’t supply nearly
enough moisture alone for pets. Simple enough in theory, a water bowl can
often be overlooked as dog may knock his dish over or a cat may turn up
his nose at day old water. These simple considerations can maintain or
improve overall health.