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10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Feeding Your Pet


As pet parents, we want to make sure we provide our pets with the best nutrition possible from puppyhood and into old age. There are many different factors to consider while feeding your pets from ingredients to handling and portion control. It is important to know what you're already doing right and understand what you may be doing wrong to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life. Here are 10 things you probably don't know about feeding your pet.

Most Kibble is Lacking Moisture and Quality Ingredients

The extreme processing that most commercial pet food companies go through to make their kibble and canned pet foods shelf stable take away most of the original beneficial nutrients and flavor. Artificial flavor and synthetic vitamins and minerals are then added back in. Just like a fast food diet for humans, an improper diet lacking fresh, quality ingredients for your pets leaves them with less energy and less satisfied. Whole fresh ingredients from a raw pet food diet provide pet owners with the assurance of organic and natural vital nutrients for ideal health and smaller portions to keep them fuller, longer.

Wash Pet Food Bowls Daily

You probably never consider eating from the same dishes before they are washed with soap and rinsed with hot water to prevent contamination from any remaining food particles (and the bacteria they may form) after a meal. Safe handling recommendations from the FDA's safe handling tips for pet foods and treats are the same for food prep and handling for our own food. Make sure to wash dog bowls with hot soapy water and rinse to prevent bacteria-caused illnesses that can cause symptoms like upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Nutritionally Balanced Diet

Many dry kibble pet foods will not provide your pet with their nutritional requirements the same way an all-natural raw pet food diet can. Premium, human-grade ingredients ensure your dog is well nourished and satisfied after each meal. A balanced diet containing vitamins and minerals, and essential amino acid found in raw foods will go a long way to keep your dog heathy and happy throughout his or her lifetime. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) outlines the minimum nutritional adequacy standards for dog and cat food. Because of the nutrient retention in raw frozen pet food, you don't have to worry about checking labels for nutrient adequacy.

Portion Control

Portioning out servings at mealtime for your pets may seem like a lot of effort on your part, but by providing each animal with their unique caloric requirements will fulfill their specific dietary needs and is essential to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Pet Obesity Prevention provides suggested guidelines for the ideal dog and cat weight ranges. Studies show that you can add up to 20% to your pet's life by keeping them at an ideal weight. Frozen raw pet food makes it easy to feed your pet just the right portion, without all the clean-up necessary from raw food prep in your own kitchen. Don't forget that treats are usually more calorically dense and need to be factored-in if you're helping your pet to lose weight.

Be Consistent

Being consistent for your pet's mealtime not only means feeding them at the same times each day but also means giving them consistently, high-quality ingredients. Sticking to a mealtime routine helps maintain healthy body weight and can help you to keep track of calorie counts if you're helping your pet get to a healthier weight.

Pet Food Ingredients to Avoid

The one thing that should be at the forefront when choosing your pet's food needs to be this: high protein, no wheat, and no preservatives or sugars. Most of the shelf-stable commercial kibble brands contain mostly grain that not only provides no beneficial nutrition but is actually harmful to pet's digestive systems and overall health. Please, for your pet's sake, avoid the following unnecessary or harmful pet food ingredients:

  • Grains - wheat, corn, and barley
  • Fillers - bran, starch, hulls or pulp
  • Artificial Preservatives - butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and ethoxyquin
  • Additives - salt, fats, and sugars

Foods You Should NEVER Feed Your Pet

Most pet parents are aware that chocolate is not good for dogs or cats. But here is a list of some harmful human foods you should NEVER feed your pets:

  • Alcohol - can cause diarrhea, vomiting and even put your pet in a coma.
  • Onions and garlic - in large amounts, can cause damage to red blood cells and anemia.
  • Grapes or raisins - ingested by your pet may lead to anuria, kidney failure or death.
  • Caffeine - are toxic to your pet's heart and nervous system.
  • Xylitol - found in most gum and is highly toxic to pets with immediate reactions like vomiting, liver damage, and death.
  • Cooked bones can crack and spliter causing your dog or cat to choke and can actually puncture or lacerate their intestinal tract.

Keep Them Hydrated!

As a rule of thumb, dogs will need .5 - 1 fluid ounce of water per pound every day. Cats require between 2 - 4 ounces of water daily. Make sure your pet has access to water at all times if they eat a dry kibble diet, have a very active lifestyle, if it’s a hot day, or if you live in a hot climate. Fresh pet food with natural ingredients will keep your pets more hydrated. Adding moisture to your cat's dry food diet has been found to help them stay more active and maintain a healthy weight as cats don’t drink as much water as dogs do.

Other Important Factors to Keep in Mind

  • Every Pet is Different - Dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens each have a distinct metabolism and varying dietary needs that you will need to take into consideration at mealtime. Consult your vet if you have any questions or concerns about your furry little friend's diet.
  • Age-Related Factor - As our pets get older, their metabolism slows down. This means that as your pet ages you'll need to compensate by reducing the fat content in their food and the portion size.
  • Factor in Exercise - For dogs that get more than average exercise, you'll need to increase the amount of food and water you provide. Just like us, dogs will lose more calories with a highly active lifestyle, and you'll want to compensate for the extra energy spent with more calories at mealtime.

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