All loving pet parents want to know the best food to feed their pets, but the fact is, it’s a complicated question to answer. That’s because every animal has their own unique health needs, which the nutrition in their diets should address. For instance, an older, less active dog may need a diet that’s lower in calories compared to a young, energetic puppy. There may also be food allergies to take into account, and with some symptoms and conditions, certain foods can make them better or worse. That’s why it’s so important to consult with a pet nutritionist. They, along with your vet, cna help you determine the most effective way to nourish your pet and keep him as healthy as possible!
Again, seeking the advice of a professional is key. However, certain foods and supplements can help ease common health conditions like skin issues, dry fur, and even stiff, achy joints.
For instance, lots of pets develop food sensitivities that manifest in skin itchiness and rashes. Sometimes, a simple switch to grain-free pet food can alleviate symptoms because common grains, like wheat, are often the culprit. The addition of omega fatty acids in the diet can help remedy flaky skin and dry, brittle fur. This nutrient, which can be found in some fish and dietary supplements designed for pets, helps nourish and moisturize the skin and coat.
Joint issues are another common ailment, especially in older dogs. For them, adding glucosamine and turmeric to the diet can help lubricate joints and reduce inflammation.
A Little Knowledge Can Go A Long Way
The fact is, no one expects pet owners to have all the answers, but a little knowledge can go a long way. Do some research on accredited websites and consult with a pet nutritionist about your companion’s specific health needs. You don’t have to know everything, but learning the biggest “do’s” and “don’ts” of pet nutrition is important. That’s because small changes can make a huge difference in the long run!
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