Your pet’s diet is one of the biggest factors of their health. Is your pet on the right track to a long and healthy lifestyle? Ask yourself these seven questions when grabbing your pet’s kibble off of the shelf:
What stage of life is your pet currently in?
Your pet will have different dietary needs in each stage of life; from puppy or kitten, to adult and senior. A puppy or kitten, for example, needs food that will help them grow big and strong, while a senior might require food with more protein for extra energy, or a formula for bone health, so they can stay active and happy in their growing age.
What’s your pet’s size?
Larger breeds can benefit from extra protein and nutrients for muscle and bone health, while smaller ones have a totally different set of dietary needs. Choosing a food specific to the size of your pet can ensure that they’re getting exactly the nutrients they need to live a long, healthy life.
Is your pet lazy or active?
Are you and your pet gearing up for your next big hike? Make sure you are feeding them food for fuel! For our active pups out there, a “high octane” diet, such as the Precise Naturals Endurance Formula with extra calories and protein will give them the energy their need for your adventures. Less active pets won’t need extra calories or energy stores, so the proper food for their age and size will provide them will all the energy they need.
How’s your pet’s weight?
Be cognoscente of your pet’s shape. If your pet is over or under weight, then you might need to make a change in how much and what they you are feeding them. If your feline is beginning to resemble Garfield, you may want to try Precise Naturals Weight Management Formula with all the essential nutrients and none of the extra calories. For pets who can’t keep on weight, look for high-fat or high-calorie foods, even try foods for active breeds.
How’s their current health?
If your pet has special health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney or bladder issues, or digestive issues, then choose formulas with modifications to support they specific needs. Some pets have issues digesting grains, grain free food is not only great for tummy troubles, but they are also rich in nutritious proteins and fats. Might we recommend our Precise Naturals Grain Free formulas with multiple meat bases to choose from?
How about that AAFCO Statement?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials have set guidelines and standards that pet foods must meet in order to be considered ‘complete and balanced.’ Check your pet’s food label for an AAFCO Statement to ensure what you are feeding your furry friend is meeting these basic requirements.
What are the ingredients?
When deciding between pet food formulas check out the ingredients. Ingredients, by law, must be listed by weight, so look for meats and protein-rich ingredients to be at the beginning of the list – typically the top three items listed. Meats, fish, and eggs are easy for pets to digest and have a high biological value, so the more the merrier!
Remember, making a sudden change to your furry friend’s diet could have negative effects on their digestive system. It is better to slowly introduce the new food over the course of a week or so. Feed them a mix of the new food and the old food, adding more new food than old food every few days, until your pet is happily enjoying their new, nutritious formula.