Animal nutrition plays a big part in the health and longevity of your pet, just as your nutrition plays a huge role in your health. Before you tear your hair out, remember that YOU actually are the best person to decide what to feed your pets. You know them better than anyone else, including your veterinarian. YOU see them every day, know their habits, their energy level, and their specific problems, such as a grumbly tummy, itchy skin, diarrhea, etc. That said, it ALWAYS is a good idea to discuss your observations and concerns with your veterinarian.
Here is some advice that I hope will be helpful to you!
- Read food labels!
- Stay away from meat by-products!
- Feed your pets at least two times a day. Feeding once a day is not recommended for a variety of reasons. By feeding at least twice a day, you will avoid blood sugar highs and lows, and prevent gobbling of food that may lead to indigestion or worse. Read my blog on bloat!
- Introduce changes in your pet's diet SLOWLY over the course of 7-10 days to avoid indigestion and diarrhea. Mix a little more of the new food in each day.
- Pet obesity is a growing problem (pun intended!). Keep an eye on your pet's weight, and discuss your pet's ideal weight with your veterinarian.