Getting Your Adopted Pet On Track With Proper Nutrition
These nutritional tips will help your pet become healthy and happy this year.
Many pets that end up in animal shelters do not always arrive as healthy as we would like them to be. Some homeless animals may have gone weeks or months without access to healthy food that would help them grow big and strong, and even pets that come from homes may not have been getting the nutrition that they need in order to keep them healthy.
Therefore, when a new animal comes into a shelter or rescue center, one of the first priorities is to get them back on track with a proper diet and help make them as healthy as possible. For newborn animals, this may mean getting them milk replacers to help pump them full of important nutrients they may have missed out on by not getting milk from their mothers in their first few months of life. For older pets, a diet packed with vitamins and supplements may be necessary to get them back to a healthy weight and lifestyle.
However, once an animal undergoes this special care and feeding by a shelter and is nursed back to a healthy state, it is important that a proper nutritional diet is maintained even after they are adopted and brought into a permanent home. After all, a healthy diet is often the difference between a strong, happy pet and a pet that may suffer from dangerous health problems later down the road.
To help ensure that your adopted pet is staying on track with a proper diet and wellness plan, here are just a few nutritional tips that will help your animal become healthy and happy this year:
Follow A Strict Feeding Schedule
How much food your pet should eat during a given day depends on a number of factors―their size, age, how much exercise they get, etc. Therefore, pay special attention to the feeding charts that come on the side of pet foods as a guide for how much to feed your animal. Also, you may want to check with your veterinarian to see if there are any body conditions that your pet may have that could alter the amount of food they are fed each day.
Choose The Right Type Of Food
Picking a brand and type of pet food for your dog or cat may seem like an arduous task, especially when you are overwhelmed with the hundreds of options that are staring back at you in the pet food aisle. However, it is important that you are taking the time to determine which type of food is best for your pet, rather than picking out whichever food is the best deal.
First, you want to be sure that you are choosing a type of food that provides complete and balanced nutrition, as set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Their standards ensure that the manufacturer and brand include protein, which supplies necessary amino acids; fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. You also want to ensure that you are choosing a food that is appropriate for your pets life stage (puppy, young adult, senior, etc.).
Limit Treats and Snacks
Many people love to spoil their pets with tasty snacks, treats and table scraps. However, just like with human snacks and treats, pet snack are often not the best for our animals and should only be eaten in moderation. This is because many pet snacks are often loaded up with fat and sugar, which is no doubt the reason they are so irresistible to our furry friends. Unfortunately, this also makes these treats high in calorie and a major contributor to pet obesity. The exception is when using treats for training. If you are training your animal and using treats for rewards, you may opt to cut back on their food or even use some of their regular food to reward for good behavior.
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