It is pretty well known how important a good diet is for people. You are what you eat as the old saying goes, so if you mostly eat processed and unhealthy foods, you will always be likelier to feel less than stellar. Feeling great also effects how we can fight off disease and illness, so most of us are aware of the risks of a bad diet.
The exact same can be said for our pets. Feeding them unhealthy or cheap foods can have an adverse effect on the long term health and well-being of our pets, which a pet owner never wants. Sadly many of us just aren’t aware of what type of pet food is bad for our furry friends.
For example, dogs are known for their ability to eat pretty much anything (aside from those toxic foods of course) so many owners assume that buying the cheapest brand of food is perfectly fine. While it certainly won’t damage a dog like certain human foods could, it doesn’t mean that the dog is getting adequate nutritional value – much like people who nothing but processed or junk food!
For the most part, supermarket brands of pet food are terrible for our pet’s diets. Similar to processed foods we can buy for ourselves, these types of foods can often lack in proper nutrition, and usually contain less than healthy ingredients that are not going to be doing your pets diet any favours.
A rather unsightly side effect of buying cheap brands of supermarket pet food is how it will come out the other end. Feeding a pet food such as this will only result in countless visits to the bathroom, none of which are going to leave a nice smell. In fact they don’t even need to go to the toilet to make a smell, as you can be sure that your pet will be doing through some rather unpleasant bouts of flatulence when eating poorly!
While not everyone can afford premium pet food, there are certainly better options out there for your pet, which you will want to feel it’s healthiest after all! So here are some things to be on the lookout for next time you are buying pet food:
- Meat is the most important ingredient – you will want this to be the main component of any food.
- Look for as little amounts of filler as possible – these are the ingredients that lack any nutritional value.
- High quality ingredients should always be used.
- Try to avoid generic brands – reputable brand names may cost more but that’s because they are much better for your pet?
Pet owners may not appreciate the idea of spending more money on their pets, but at the end of the day, their long-term health and well-being is much more important! Plus lets face it, pets are by no means cheap, so skimping on their food to save a few bucks isn’t the most responsible approach for an owner to take!