Meeting your pet’s nutritional needs is one of the most important ways you care for your furry friend. It may surprise you, then, to learn that around 70% of pets are eating the wrong pet food every day, and a staggering 60% of pets are overweight. Weight and other health concerns could all be related to your pet’s diet. Many pet owners do their best to buy the right pet food for their four-legged companions, but many are unaware of the poor-quality ingredients too often found in these products.
Low-Quality Ingredient Watch List
Chicken: This is problematic when a single, meat ingredient is 80 percent water, losing most of its weight during processing and likely falling to the third or fourth ingredient.
Corn, Wheat, Soy: Cheap fillers, these can lead to obesity, diabetes, allergies and poor digestion.
Animal Digest: This could be from any animal source, some of which are too disgusting to mention.
Meat By-product Meal: This could be anything. Parts are parts.
Beef Tallow: This is generally low in linoleic acid, essential for your pet’s skin and coat.
What type of food is nutritionally better for my pet? A raw diet is ideal for pets such as dogs and cats. Of the three broad types of pet food: kibble, canned food and raw diet, raw diet is how dogs and cats naturally eat, with digestive systems designed for raw meat consumption. Yet, too often, we feed them foods that are heavily processed, cooking out most nutrients.
Unlike these processed foods, a raw diet contains essential, natural bacteria and enzymes and is comprised of a very highly digestible protein and a very low amount of carbohydrates which often cause major obesity problems in pets. Raw diet foods are now available in convenient fresh, frozen and dehydrated varieties. This higher-quality pet food, which may sometimes be costlier, is an expense that typically balances out as pets usually require less food to meet their nutritional needs and is likely to result in savings on vet visits and health costs. A raw diet also often improves appetite and digestion, results in allergy relief, helps provide a vibrant skin and coat, stimulates healthy teeth and gums, provides greater stamina and vitality, and encourages a healthy immune system.
How can I create a better diet for my pet? Entering our 25th year, Pet Saver emphasizes feeding your pets the most nutritious foods available. We carry several, excellent brands of natural and alternative pet food, such as Orijin, Acana, Country Naturals, Zignature, NutriSource, Earthborn, Primal, Stella and Chewy’s among many others. We have solutions for many pet nutrition concerns, and a brief discussion with us can help you find a better pet food. Our educated associates can help you create a nutritional diet to meet your pet’s unique needs based on age, breed, health concerns and activity level. Visit us today at one of our four locations: Webster, Brighton, Greece and our newest addition complete with a pet treat bakery, Victor, Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-6pm.