Nutrition Related Illnesses in Pets
Americans love their pets, so much so, that we spend more than $70 billion on them each year. Most of us will do anything we can to make sure they stay healthy and happy, yet more than 100 million pets in the USA are overweight, and we all know that extra weight leads to health problems.
When your pet is eating a healthy, well-balanced diet they are happier, have more energy, are in a better mood, and are more resistant to disease. The right mix of nutrition results in better muscle tone, body conditioning, and a healthy coat and skin.
So much has been written lately about our pet’s diets, it’s hard to know what is best. Some people opt for high-quality commercial pet food, some choose a homemade diet for their pet, and others go with raw food pet diets.
The right diet needs to contain high-quality ingredients and the right mix of nutrients. It should take into consideration your pet’s weight, age, species, and the amount of time you have. Some lower-cost foods are cereal/grain-based and often lack the nutrients your pet needs. Both dogs and cats need protein; it should be the number 1 ingredient in your pet’s food. Do some research and pick out the best quality food you can afford for your pets.
Pets that are fed poor diets are far more prone to these health problems:
- Allergies and Skin Issues
- GI upsets and Gastritis
- Bladder infections
- Heart Disease
We know you love your pets, so find out what your pet’s nutritional needs are and check them against some high-quality pet foods. You should avoid feeding your pet from the table, it teaches them to beg, but adding select “people food” to their meals is an excellent way to increase the quality of their dinner. Use lean meats, chopped veggies, rice, sweet potato, and certain fruits.
“We are what we eat” applies to our pets too. Feed them the very best you can!