You know that pets need lean proteins, healthy fats and plenty of water in order to live a long, happy life. However, you may be under the assumption that your pet’s receiving all the nutrients it needs from its pet food.
Most of us trust that pet food companies have our pets’ interests at heart, just as we do. Consumers rightly believe that these companies should only use the best ingredients. However, many pet foods are lacking nutrients or have ingredients that are not healthy for your pet.
When shopping for pet food or treats, keep the following information in mind to help choose only the best for your fur-baby.
Pet Food Concerns
There are hundreds, if not thousands of brands of dog and cat food on the market. Some of these brands are better for your pet than others.
Generally speaking, the cheapest brands contain the most fillers and “junk”. While these brands are cheaper at the store, they can cause many problems for pets. In fact, buying the cheap food can be just as expensive since your pet will need to eat more to get the same nutrients they’ll get from a higher-end brand.
Beet juices, pulps, corn, wheat byproducts and bone meal are empty fillers that provide no nutritional value for your pet. Brewer’s flour is also another ingredient that you should avoid. These items are as helpful for your dog as eating a bag of chips is for you.
Grain-Free and Organic
The best foods for dogs are grain-free brands. When you choose a high-quality pet food, your pet will eat less. A proper diet may help improve your pets energy levels, joint health, skin appearance, and overall health.
One resource you can use to gather more information on pet food and ratings for each brand is DogFoodAdvisor. Choose a 4-star or 5-star food whenever possible.
Even better, if you have the time, is a home-cooked diet. You can find many great recipes online that can be made as you make your own dinner.
There has been a lot of information in the media lately about treats for pets, and especially your dog. For example, jerky treats made in China have been found to contain harmful contaminants.
As a precaution, try to purchase treats made in the United States, whether you opt for jerky or any other type of treat on the market. Remember, if you don’t know what an item is on an ingredient list, do your research before making a purchase.
NuVet Plus vitamins come in a small wafer form and are commonly used as treat replacements. They are manufactured in an FDA registered laboratory in the USA. They are also made with natural, human grade ingredients.
Why Supplementation is Important
Whether you have chosen your new furry friend from a certified breeder, or you adopted it from a rescue organization, you will want to look into pet supplements to help boost your new addition’s immune system. Even if you opt to purchase high-end natural pet food for your dog or cat, it may not meet all of your new pet’s nutritional needs.
Pet food is created with the sole purpose of sustaining life. It is not formulated to help your pet develop its immune system. In addition, pet food production often requires intense heat, which destroys a lot of the nutrients in the food.
Picking the Right Supplement
Pet supplements are an important part of caring for your pet and helping it to live a long, healthy and happy life. When you are looking for vitamins and supplements for your pets, you can always trust NuVet to provide safe supplements, cold processed to maintain the rich nutrients of each human-grade ingredient.
NuVet Plus offers a canine and feline formula, designed to fill in the nutritional gaps in your pet’s diet. Ingredients like cat’s claw, evening primrose oil, vitamin B1 and many other beneficial vitamins and minerals are joined together to help your pet’s entire body, from bones and joints to skin and coat.
If you have questions about which foods or supplements are best for your canine or feline friend, consult with your veterinarian.