Your dog may give you sad eyes every time you eat dinner, but that doesn't mean you should send all your table scraps his way. Many foods that are safe for humans to eat are actually toxic to dogs. Ideally, you should get your pet on a healthy diet made just for him, rather than risking his life with your own food. If you are going to feed him human food though, make sure to avoid all of the options below
Check the Ingredients
One of the first things you need to do when picking the perfect for your pet is check the ingredients. Make sure that real meat is the first ingredient on the list, not chicken meal, turkey by product, potato starch, etc. The ingredients are listed in order of prominence, so the first ingredient is the one that makes up the largest portion of the food. If the first ingredient is a filler, like chicken meal, your pet is not going to be getting all the nutrients he or she needs.
Here at K-9 Kraving, we use raw beef, turkey, chicken, duck, or mackerel as the first ingredient in all of our raw dog food. Our recipes also include carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and other ingredients that provide essential nutrients for your dog's health. To learn more about how our raw dog food is made, visit the ingredients page on our website
Test the Flavors
Pets can be just as picky as humans when it comes to the foods they eat. Most people think that they can just give their pets whatever they want and they will eat it. This is partially true, but most pets will only go to food they don't like if they are starving. Rather than forcing your pet to eat something he or she doesn't like, you should figure out what best fits your dog's pallet. Test out small samples of different flavored food and see what your pet likes. That way you know which direction to go. Also keep in mind when transitioning from a low quality food to a healthier diet, your dog may balk. Try feeding small amounts of the new food at the time when he is most hungry. Gradually increase the amount and replace the low quality food.
Consider Your Pet's Activity Levels
Indoor cats and dogs tend to be less active than outdoor pets. Thus they need different food to keep their bodies lean and healthy. You should be able to find a pet food that is specifically formulated for your pet's activity level, health conditions, and other character traits. If your pet has specific health issues to consider, you may need to discuss dietary options with your veterinarian. Find the food that is specific to your pet's lifestyle so he or she can get the best nutrition possible.
Don't Be Afraid to Make an Investment
Your cat or dog is a member of your family. He deserves to be fed well, just like you, your spouse, your children, etc. Don't be afraid to invest in quality dog food, even if it means making some adjustments in your budget. This will help extend the life of your pet and give you even more time to enjoy with him or her. Follow the tips above, and you're sure to select the perfect pet food for your cat or dog.