Feeding Your Pets

Posted on July 9, 2015 By

Our pets are like a part of our family and we want them to be happy and healthy. One of the things we overlook which contributes their health is their diet.  With out busy schedules, sometimes we don’t do such a very good job of it.  Here are some tips to follow when it comes to feeding your pet.

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Provide Nutrients

We aren’t the only ones who need nutrients.  Pets do too.

Your pet’s diet should include the following nutrients:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamins A and E
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

Portion Control

The amount of food to feed your pet will depend on their weight and activity level.  An active pet will need more food than one less active.  And a larger pet will need more than a smaller pet.  When you have determined how much to feed your pet, be sure your pet is consistent with this diet.

Mix Wet with Dry Foods

There’s a lot of disagreement of whether wet foods or dry foods are better for our pet.  Some say that wet food is bad for your pet’s teeth and causes tartar and plaque build-up.  Others believe that dry food does the same and causes dental damage.  We believe that wet food as far more advantages over dry.  Wet foods taste better and will encourage your pets to eat their entire portion.  It also helps keep them hydrated. Some studies show that pets that were fed wet food had a healthier weight and increased activity.    

Follow a Schedule

It’s extremely important to be consistent with your pet’s diet and putting them on a regular schedule. Divide your their daily portion into two or three servings and serve them at a specific time each day.  You do not want to leave food out all day for your pet as it could lead to obesity problems.  You can also try using an automatic food dispenser to deliver the right amounts at the right time.  This will keep them from overeating. 

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Diet and Exercise

Just like with humans, staying fit and healthy doesn’t involve diet alone.  It is important to help keep them active by taking them out on regular walks or running with them as they will have a great time.  And remember, the more active your pet it, the more they will have to eat.

Get Rid of Bad Habits

It’s important to make sure your pets are keeping the same type of food each day.  You have to refrain from giving them too many treats or even the type of food that we eat as it can lead to many problems.  If they get used to eating human food, they may not want to eat their own, which in the long-run can lead to nutrition problem and malnourishment.  Or it can also lead to obesity.  Try to treat them with healthy snacks that are low calorie and packed with nutrition.