Welcome to March! Can you believe it is already here?
March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. In honor of this, all month we will be talking about your dog’s health. We will be talking about diet and other important areas of doggy health. So, stay tuned! We all want only the best for our companions.
When it comes to health, diet is an extremely important factor. With Ryder’s allergies, we are no strangers to the importance of watching the ingredients used in different food and treats.
I would like to welcome back Zara!
With dog food and treat recalls on the rise, as dog moms we need to pay extra close attention to our buddy’s food. But how do we know what is healthy for our pet’s? Reading your pet’s food labels alone might not be enough. Here is what Zara has to say about what to look for to keep your pets healthy and happy.
Should You Trust Your Pet’s Food Label?
A pet is a true joy in one’s home. In general, pets can lift up your mood, make you feel better and more energetic, and they are the constant source of limitless love. They are so good to you and they don’t ask for too much in return.
However, if you want your pet to keep bringing you joy and happiness, it’s your responsibility to take good care of it. You surely want to provide your pet with the best possible living conditions together with your own love and tenderness.
As a responsible owner, you probably already take great care of your pet and make them happy every day, just like they make you. But you can do even more for your furry pal simply by checking the food labels on the pet food.
Reading the Ingredients List
Checking the label on your pet’s food seems simple enough, doesn’t it? However, you have to know what to look for and what are the red flags. With that said, the ingredients list should be the first thing that catches your attention.
For example, if you want to get some quality dry dog food for your pet, the food should contain proper meat, i.e. the exact kind of meat used in the production of food (chicken, lamb, beef, etc.). In case you get plain “meat and meat derivatives” instead of the exact type of meat, this should be a reason for concern.
Essentially, the ingredients list should be short and immediately clear to understand. If there are plenty of words that seem too non-descriptive to you, you should probably skip that kind of pet food.
The Label Should Provide Proper Information
The ingredients list is probably the most important piece of info on a pet food label, but you should still look for more information. In order to make sure that the pet food is legit and that you’re choosing the best possible source of energy and nutrition for your pet, the label should also contain a nutrition information panel and a nutritional adequacy statement.
Aside from that, the label should show the animal the food is meant for as well as thoroughly explain the way you should feed your pet in regards to the pet’s size and weight. Together with all that valuable information, the whole company branding and preferably a badge of honor should also be on the label.
Natural and Home-Made Food
The most important food-related thing that will help you ensure your pet’s good health and happiness is to know exactly what your pet is eating. In that respect, many pet owners have decided to switch to natural pet food since it doesn’t contain any additives.
Of course, you can prepare your pet’s food at home as well, which is a great way to keep track of what they eat and be 100% sure about the nutrients and ingredients they consume. Still, it’s important to mention that you should never completely cut off the food made specifically for pets since pet food that’s truly top-notch contains necessary nutrients for the pet’s proper development in the optimal ratio.
Therefore, switching up home-cooked meals and regular pet food you’ve checked the label on is the best way to provide your pet with essentials that the pet needs in order to stay happy and energetic, just like you want it to be.
Even though there’s plenty of information about different pets’ needs online, be sure to take your pet to the vet for regular checkups. Sometimes, your pet can develop a food allergy that may be uncommon for its species and/or breed, and the vet will be able to help you come up with the perfect diet for your animal friend.
What kind of diet is your buddy on? Leave a comment below. Do you home-cook any of their meals? I’d love to know.