You Are What You Eat - Proper Pet Nutrition

Posted: 5/23/2012

Here at Mini Critters, one of our biggest passions is proper nutrition for pets. We believe that nutrition is our number one chance at preventing disease, degenerative health issues and poor behavior in our four-legged friends.

We carry many all-natural, nutritious pet food options that contain all human-grade ingredients. All of our high-quality food options are meat-based and contain no corn fillers. We can provide samples of some of our food and help you find the perfect diet plan for your pet.

The first step to putting your pet on a healthy diet is to assess your pet’s eating habits and lifestyle. These are important things to consider to ensure you don’t choose a food that has an ingredient your pet is allergic to, and to also make sure you are choosing a food that matches your pet’s level of activity.

Common allergens for pets include corn, chicken and alfalfa. Because of this, you should make sure that you are choosing a food that lists meat as the first ingredient. Allergy testing is available at most veterinary clinics, but you can also look for these common signs of a poor diet:

  • Obsessive scratching and licking
  • Chronic urinary tract issues
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Digestive disturbances

It is wise to switch between dry and wet food, because the wet food is better for the pet’s teeth.

Once you find appropriate food options to match your pet’s nutrition and activity needs, it’s important to set a consistent diet. This means having a regular feeding time and food portion. If your pet is getting proper, high-quality food, he or she should not need several cups of food every day. If your pet begs for food, it might often mean that they are just looking for attention and they relate feeding time to getting attention. Instead, give your pet attention in other ways. This creates proper eating habits and reduces behavior issues.

More Tips For Giving Your Pet A Nutritious Diet

  • Do not overdo treats, and do not use treats as a method to get your pet to eat.
  • Food that contains pumpkin or sweet potato ingredients is great for a pet with an upset stomach.
  • Dried, frozen medallions are good for getting a pet with a low appetite to start eating.
  • Foods high in protein are best for cats to reduce risk of bladder problems.
  • Never switch your pet’s food cold turkey. Mix your pet’s old and new food for 10-14 days before giving him or her only the new food.
  • Just as in humans, water is an important part to a pet’s diet. Make sure they are never having to beg for water.