Finding the right food for your pet

FINDING THE ULTIMATE MEAL FOR YOUR PET

WHY CHOOSE A PREMIUM FOOD

  • A premium food offers the most complete and balanced nutrition for your pet
  • Few to no fillers or animal-by-products
  • High quality ingredients 
  • Highly digestible formulas, so you feed less equalling less waste
  • Fixed formulas are ideal for pets with sensitive skin or stomachs and pets with allergies

WET PET FOOD PROS AND CONS

Wet foods can be a good source of hydration if your pet is the type that is reluctant to drink adequate amounts of water. There are also health considerations that can make wet foods a practical choice. Older animals that have lost some of their sense of smell may be more inclined to eat a food that has a richer scent and flavor, as wet foods often are. This is also a good alternative for when a pet is ill and cannot smell as well, or is lacking in appetite. This will assure that they are getting the proteins, vitamins, and minerals they need to maintain their health. Wet foods are also a great option for pets with missing teeth, poorly aligned jaws, or smaller mouths

There are several drawbacks to wet food. Some pets will make a mess while eating wet food, and those with a predisposition to developing dental problems will need more attentive dental care. Wet food, once it has been opened, has lost any shelf life it had. It needs to be covered and refrigerated and used quickly before it can spoil. In some cases, wet food is not as economical as dry food. 

DRY PET FOOD PROS AND CONS

Dry foods are a convenient option for many pet owners. Food can be left out for hours, if not days, and not spoil. Dry foods are easier to store -- a large plastic bin with a tight lid is usually enough to keep the food fresh and safe from insects and rodents (and from pets) -- and is more economically cost-effective when feeding multiple pets. Dry kibble can also be used as an effective training treat and as a dental health supplement. Some dry foods are specially formulated and shaped to clean the teeth as the animal chews it.

Of course, dry foods do not provide as much moisture as wet foods do, something that becomes more important as an animal ages, when an animal is ill, and in dry, hot climates. In those cases, a wet food diet can be more practical.

MIX FEEDING YOUR CAT, WHY IT MIGHT BE BETTER

Cats don't have a natural thirst so feeding your cat wet food will increase it's water intake, resulting in more urine production. The higher water volume dilutes the urine while increasing the frequency of urination. This aids in reducing the formation of crystals or urinary stones and supports good urinary tract health. Studies have also shown that when cats are fed a high moisture diet they eat less and are often more active compared to cats who are feed only a dry diet. 

When given the choice, cats will often prefer a mix of both wet and dry compared to dry only. Wet food is shown to increase enjoyment and add variety to the diet. On the other hand, dry food satisfies the desire to eat small meals over the day. Dry food with it's crunchy texture aids oral health by reducing the build-up of plaque and tartar.

THE FINAL DECISION

Basically, either of these choices should satisfy your pet’s nutritional requirements as long as they are well balanced and are made with quality ingredients. It’s just a matter of which one will be best for your pet over the long term and which fits your lifestyle. Another option is to choose both wet and dry; mixing them together in the same bowl, or giving the wet food as an occasional “treat.”

Talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns, as there may be particular considerations for your pet's breed or age.

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