Owning a pet means so much more than just having an animal in the house. Of utmost importance to a pet owner should be the health and wellbeing of their pet. It can be tricky finding nutritionally complete and balanced food for your pet. There are so many types of pet food in the market. Here are a few things you should know when buying supplements for your pet.
First of all, you should know that there really is no perfect food but there is a perfect diet. Make sure to consider the specific needs of your pet when in search for the right supplement. To get this information, contact your vet and ask for their recommendations. You need the nutritional needs information for your pet when buying the supplements.
The age, size and breed of your pet are great determinants of the kind of supplements they will need. The nutritional requirements for different factors differ so make sure that you discuss this with your vet. Another factor is the health condition of your pet, it will play big part in determining the right kind of supplement for your pet.
Carnivores like cats and dogs need meat. If your pet is either of these, then make sure that the supplement you get them includes animal based protein. Vegetable based protein will not be enough to meet the need of your pet. Animal based protein is for muscle building and immune system strength.
Human food is for humans not for pets. Some pet owners find it easier to just give their pet what they are eating. Your food might be toxic to your pet because it was not meant for their stomach. Some foods like chocolate, garlic and onions can be toxic and therefore dangerous to your pet. Consult your veterinary doctor to get advice on what to cook for your pet if you decide to do so.
Do not overfeed your pet, you don’t want to end up having an overweight or obese pet. Many pets are overfed on commercial supplements which have a lot of additives and they don’t exercise regularly. When you know what the supplement contains, you will know how much to give your pet.
If their diet is always complete and balanced, you will not need to add supplements to ensure they are not missing out on anything. For pets that older, there is a probability that they have a disease that will need specific vitamins and supplements to boost their immune systems. The additional nutritional supplements like antioxidants and fish oil will make their health much better. Talk to your vet and see what supplements will be of benefit to your pet.