We've already discussed the importance of regular Veterinary care for your pet. Besides taking your pet to the Vet on a regular basis, feeding your pet a healthy diet is very important. There are a few things you should consider and ask yourself when choosing the best food for your pet.
- Does your pet have any special health conditions?
- How old is your pet? What lifestage are they in? (puppy/kitten, senior, etc)
- Is the food nutritionally balanced? Nutrient excesses and deficiencies can lead to health problems.
For more advice on choosing the best dog food, click here. For cats, this advice on choosing the best cat food is very useful.
Did you know that by feeding specially formulated foods to your pet, you can help manage specific health conditions? Hill's Science Diet offers a variety of formulated diets to help with many different health conditions. They have diets for dogs that can help manage weight, oral health, and mobility. For cats, Hill's Science Diet offers food to help manage weight, oral health, and even hairballs.
Other than specific health conditions, you should also consider your pet's age. I have a senior dog, so feeding her a senior food is important. I certainly wouldn't want to feed my 11 year old dog a puppy food. By talking with your veterinarian, you should be able to determine which type of diet best fits your pets' special needs.
After choosing a healthy food for your pet, you'll want to transition them to it safely. Transitioning your pet's food should be done over a period of time. A slow transition to a new food will help your pet avoid any upset stomach or tummy trouble during the switch, and help them get used to it. For more advice on transitioning a dog to a new food, click here. For advice on transitioning a cat to a new food, click here.
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When choosing a healthy food for your pet, what things do you look for? Let us know what kind of questions you ask yourself when choosing your pets' food in the comments.
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