3 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Diet for Your Pet
According to recent survey’s, nearly half of our furry friends are overweight. Like us, being overweight can come with quite a few health risks, including arthritis, diabetes and even kidney disease. That is why it’s important to maintain a properly portioned and healthy diet for your pets. But what does that look like? Check out our article below for some easy pet feeding tips that will keep your pets healthy for many years to come.
Portion Control is Key
When it comes to a healthy diet, one of the most important things you can do for your pet is measure their meals. Too often, owners fill their bowls without paying attention to the portions. Even worse, some owners keep food in their pets bowls all day, allowing them to eat whenever they feel like it.
Like their human companions, calories count, and when added up, can lead to obesity and complications. Keep your pets healthy by practicing portion control. They’ll thank you for it. If you need help calculating proper portions, here is a great article from Pet MD with some great advice!
Say No to Table Food
Sure it’s tempting to toss your unwanted food into your pet’s bowl, but giving your pets table food can come with disastrous consequences. For one, dogs that routinely eat table scraps, may start to eventually reject their dog food, in favor of the more flavorful table food. Secondly, table food can cause severe digestive issues for your pets, as their bodies are not designed to break down certain foods.
Finally, certain table scraps may unwittingly contain ingredients that are toxic to your furry friends. Onions for instance is an ingredient that is often cooked into meals and can be highly toxic to animals. While some table food won’t harm your pets, it’s better to just forgo it all together to avoid potential health issues.
Exercise, exercise, exercise…
Just like humans, pets require routine exercise to burn calories and stay healthy. Studies have shown that as little as 20 minutes of exercise per day can help boost your pets immune function, improve their overall cardiovascular healthy and even cut down on behavioral issues.
Your pet’s portions should reflect their level of exercise. For instance, if your dog is joining you for a daily five-mile run, it’s important to make sure that they are eating larger portions. Just as you require more calories for a more intense workout, so does your pet.