From cats to chickens to rabbits, we love our pets. By selecting the best pet food for your pets and animals, it’s tough to know what to look for. Here’s our easy five-step guide to choosing the right food.
1. Select A “complete” Feed
Always check that the packaging refers to the pet food as “complete.” It’s a regulated term and shows that the food has been designed and tested to meet the full nutritional requirements for that species. Foods labeled as “supplemental” are treated and should be fed besides high-quality food.
2. Understand The Ingredients List
It’s important to read and understand the ingredient list on any food. Once you have checked that food is “complete”, flip the package over and confirm the ingredients.
For your canine and feline friends, a protein source or two should be listed first. In a high-quality food mix, a meal (think chicken, beef, or fish) is usually in the first or second spot on the ingredient list. A meal refers to a protein that has already been processed and dehydrated. A whole, unprocessed protein, like deboned chicken, may be listed in the first or second spot.
For herbivores, such as rabbits, you’ll need to confirm that alfalfa or another hay with high fiber content is listed first, as most of their diet should comprise healthy fibers.
3. Compare Serving Size, Not Package Weight
It can tempt you to just buy the largest bag of food available to help minimize errands, especially if you have several large animals. But it’s important to compare the serving size of fresh foods rather than the overall package weight.
A lower serving size shows the food is nutritious and dense with healthy calories. This means a smaller bag of pet food may last longer.
4. Feed To Your Animal’s Age And Energy
Most pet foods are developed for different life stages in animals. Although the ingredients for the food may not change, the nutritional balance has been formulated to help your animal live its healthiest life. For example, senior dog food will include glucosamine for joint health, while a puppy formula is packed with protein to aid in growth. More active animals will need more food. For extremely active dogs, this can mean selecting food with a higher protein makeup. Keep a close eye on your animals when you change their food to ensure a smooth transition.
5. Watch Those Treats!
Treats are a useful tool in training animals and encouraging positive behaviors. However, we can only approach food from our own human perspective, which sometimes means we don’t realize just how much we’re over-feeding our animals. Did you know one ounce of cheese for a 20-pound dog is the caloric equivalent of 1½ chocolate bars for a person? It’s true. Treats are a great tool, but they should be a mindful addition to an already-healthy diet. Be careful to purchase treats that are as high quality as the food you provide your pets.
How Can We Help?
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