When it comes to taking care of your pet, you only want the best for them—especially in terms of their diet and nutrition. Many brands sell dry food and additional supplements with ingredients that are supposed to help keep pets healthy, but some additives can actually have a negative effect on the health of both the pets and their owners.
Here’s all you need to know about healthy diets for pets.
Potential illness from pets
Even though a pet appears to be completely healthy, they can still be carrying different types of diseases that can cause pet owners to become ill. Your pet may have received all of the necessary shots and check-ups while at a trip to the vet’s office, but food products especially still have the potential to carry diseases that can cause harm.
Look for any signs of damage on the package such as tears or if a bag of pet food is wet from a nearby water spill. Any type of contamination can increase the chances of salmonella in food. Common side effects of salmonella food poisoning include diarrhoea, nausea, and an increased risk to damage in the immune systems of young children and older adults. To help avoid contamination from your pet’s food, try to feed your pet in an area away from the kitchen such as a connected hallway or basement.
Certain types of animals such as reptiles and small rodents are more likely to carry salmonella, but you can also get it from faecal matter from common pets such as cats and dogs. When taking your dog for a walk or cleaning your cat’s litter box, user a scooper just for the sole purpose of pickup up the faeces. Place the faecal matter in a tight bag and throw it away as soon as possible.
How to prepare your pet’s food
To safely prepare your pet’s food, always wash your hands both before and after handling it. Keep the food in tightly sealed containers and place the food in an area separate from the kitchen and the dining room. When you clean your pet’s food dishes, try not to wash them in a kitchen sink or bathtub to prevent contaminating those areas. Instead, wash them separately in a container such as a large bucket. If you do clean the bowls in a sink, always disinfect the sink afterwards with one part bleach and three parts water.
What to look for in dry pet food
Look for dry pet food rather than moist food. Moist food can easily spoil if it is not fed to a pet right away or if it is left out in the food bowl for hours. One benefit of dry food is that it can be left outside of its storage container without spoiling. In addition, dry food is an excellent way to keep a pet’s teeth in perfect health, and many dental supplements come in the form of dry food. Therefore, dry food is much safer for everyone in the household’s health.
When it comes down to the ingredients in your pet’s dry food, there are essential ingredients to look for when deciding which brand to purchase. Just like humans, dogs need plenty of protein (click here to learn more), whether it comes from chicken, beef, or fish. Look for food that lists “meat” as one of the first ingredients. Along with protein, the following ingredients are also essential to a healthy dry food diet:
- Essential and healthy oils, fats
Sometimes, additional vitamin and mineral supplements will be included in the dry food ingredients to provide an extra boost for their whole bod—from the skin, coat, and eyes to the immune and digestive system. Look for ingredients with plenty of A, B, and C vitamins. Sometimes preservatives such as tocopherols and ascorbic are included in the ingredients to lengthen the food’s shelf life.
This is a post by Lilly Sheperd, a freelance writer and blogger who is writing on behalf Royal Canin nowadays.