Do you ever walk into a pet store and become overwhelmed with all of the different pet food you can choose from? Of course you want the best for your furry friend, but how do you know which pet food to buy? Just like people, our pets have different needs. Some can do just fine on about any food, but other pets may have special needs, such as sensitive stomachs, allergies, or even conditions such as dry skin. Always make sure you do your research on your specific breed of cat or dog before shopping for their food.
Questions to Ask Before Buying Pet Food
Here are some questions that you might want to ask yourself before making your purchase. Is my cat or dog going to be mostly indoors, or will they spend a majority of their time outdoors? Do they have dry skin or any allergies that you know of? Is he/she a breed that has special needs? Some examples are Sharpeis, Bulldogs, and Pugs. What size is your pet? Is he/she very active or likes to lounge around a lot? Is he/she long-haired or short-haired? These are the most important things to focus on when finding the right food for your pet. If your pet has a condition such as diabetes or even if they’re very overweight, you might just need to go for a special prescription diet through your veterinarian, which will narrow down your results significantly.
Which Type of Pet Food Do You Need?
So, how about some answers to those questions? The first question is more important for cats, but can be important for dogs too. If your cat or dog is mostly indoors, you should find something with less fat assuming that your pet will be less active than a primarily outdoor cat or dog. If they have dry skin you should look for food primarily made from fish. If allergies are an issue, look for food with an uncommon protein such as duck or even bison. If you have a small dog, always buy food made for small dogs. This is important because smaller dogs need less protein, and also need smaller bites of food to avoid choking on large pieces. There are also special foods for larger dogs which have primarily larger kibble and more protein. If your pet is very active, look into foods with a higher fat content and once again more protein so that your pet can stay active. Dogs and cats that love to just lounge around need food with less fat, so they don’t become overweight which is a very common issue in pets, especially cats. If you have a pet with long fur, look for food with more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; there are even some foods made especially for long-haired pets to keep their coat shiny and manageable.
While those are the main things to look for before buying food, every pet is very unique, so once again, do your research before making your purchase. Sometimes, it will take a few tries before finding the perfect food, and your pets’ needs can also change. Finding the best food for your pet is very important for their health, and their overall happiness. So, if you want a happy pet, follow these guidelines and your furry friend will thank you!