The Do’s and Don’ts Of Shopping Food For Pets

Irrespective of whether you own a cat or dog, or any other domestic animal, they all need plenty of love, good nourishment, and diligent care. Food is particularly important, so your beloved pets can lead a healthy life. Awareness about what is good for your pet and what is not, not only saves you from making countless visits to the vet, it also helps you enjoy a tension-free time with it. There are a number of things you should keep in mind while buying food from a pet shop. Following is a list of a few such do’s and don’ts.

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Your pet’s age: While selecting food for it, you need to keep in mind the age of your pet. You should select one that suits its age, growth, activity levels and reproductive status. Young animals require more calories than the older ones in order to grow well. Also, pregnant pets need more nutrition for the proper development of their unborn babies. Bear in mind that you should not stick to a particular kind of nutrition only, such as proteins or carbohydrates.

The expiry date: You must never forget to check the expiry date on a food product before buying it, whether for yourself or for your pet. You cannot, under any condition, serve your pet stale food. So check the ‘best before’ section and go for food products that are the freshest. This especially applies to canned, packaged, and frozen foods.

The nutrition content: You must opt for nutrient-rich food for your pet. Like human beings, all pets are different. Every pet has its own nutritional requirements and preferences. You need to select foods that best suit the unique needs of your pet. You must also check the ingredients’ list on the food product to ensure that it does not contain anything that your pet is allergic to.

Their natural needs: If you are a cat or a dog owner, you must always remember that your pet is essentially a carnivorous animal. Hence, you cannot merely serve it plant proteins. You need to select food that contains meat for your pet. There are a number of options available in the market to choose from. Incorporating meat in its diet is important as it fulfills a major chunk of your pet’s daily nutritional requirements.

Water content of food: Water is the major constituent of your body and that of your pet. Water aids different bodily processes like digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. So while it may not seem so, water is one of the most important sources of nutrition. Dogs drink plenty of water but cats generally don’t. This does not mean they don’t need any. Cats have evolved to fulfill their water requirements from the food they eat. It is therefore important to select food for them that contains adequate moisture.