Your pet's diet affects how energetic and happy they are, how shiny their coat is, and even how long they will live. Good nutrition sets the stage for a long and healthy life for animals as well as people, so why not take the opportunity to see if your pet's diet has room for improvement? Here are a few tips from your veterinary team at Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner on feeding your pet well.
Know how much to feed your pet.
If your pet eats too much or too little, he'll end up with weight problems, plus the health issues that go along with being overweight or underweight. If you aren't sure how much or how often to feed your pet, ask a veterinarian. Instead of leaving food out all the time, many pet owners prefer to feed their dog or cat only at set mealtimes -- this makes it easier to monitor your pet's caloric intake.
Look for a brand of pet food that's higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.
Low-quality pet food is often high in cheap carbohydrates and low in necessary protein. Cats and dogs need plenty of protein to maintain their muscle tone, so take the time to read the label and choose a high-quality pet food for your furry friend.
Avoid giving your pet table scraps.
Too many table scraps and treats can cause a pet to become overweight, and some "people foods" are actually toxic to dogs and cats. It's best to just feed your pet his own food.
Cats need a meat-based diet.
Taurine is an amino acid that cats need in their diet, and it's only found in animal products. Make sure that your cat's food contains meat. However, don't give your cat raw meat, since it can harbor parasites.
Contact Your Gardner Veterinarian Today
One of our veterinary experts would be happy to help you choose the right food and feeding schedule for your pet. Call Oakbrook Animal Hospital today at 913-884-8778 to make an appointment with a Gardner veterinarian.