If you have a dog or cat at home, you likely cherish them and treat them like family. Though they can’t speak, we somehow try to help them and do the best for them. Everyone’s pet is different and every pet has a different dietary need so how do you decide what’s best to feed them?
My rule is simple, if I can’t pronounce it, I probably will think twice about feeding that item. I use this same rule for me as well. Yes, some of those ingredients are needed especially if we don’t eat enough fruits and veggies or the right amount of meats so yes, that’s why vitamins and minerals are added to both human and pet food but to me a label with 30 ingredients that I can’t pronounce probably won’t be my first choice. Other things to consider when choosing food for yourself or your pet are allergies or any illnesses. A dog with bladder stones likely will need some alterations in diet like lower protein than one who is healthier. Similar to how we select food for ourselves, we can strive to choose the right food for our pet–Your doctor and vet are likely good sources for information as well, respectively. I personally like to see the protein as the first ingredient on the label and then see what else is there when I choose a pet food but every pet needs something different so make sure to consult with your vet. You definitely don’t want to feed the wrong type of food to your four legged companion.
Another area where are pets are like us is exercise. When a dog needs to lose weight, we take them for longer walks and restrict food from maybe 3 meals a day to 2 meals or find more filling foods so that they don’t eat multiple times. We apply the same strategies to ourselves. Yeah, we’re always looking for the magical supplement or diet but in the end a calorie deficit diet and exercise is what helps. Next time, you think you’re really different from your pet, consider these outlined similarities and feel even closer to your pet.
Having a doggo is a great way to remind ourselves to exercise. I know I walk a lot more steps per day just because I have a dog. Wouldn’t be motivated to walk otherwise. Anyway, thanks for this post!
Thanks for reading and commenting! Same here, definitely extra motivation.