Why Good Nutrition Is Key to Your Pet’s Health and Wellbeing

As we become more mindful about our own diet, many of us also understand how important healthy food is for our pets, says Peter Parkinson, marketing director for leading pet food brand HiLife

Good nutrition is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to maintain optimum health. If you are conscious about yours and your family’s health, chances are you’ll choose a diet rich in good quality protein, vegetables and wholegrains, cooking from scratch whenever you can and avoiding heavily processed foods.

These health concerns apply just as much to our pets as they do to us—and it’s easy to see why. Cats and dogs are trusted companions, our best friends, so we want them to enjoy the best quality of life possible. Who, after all, hasn’t admired an athletic-looking dog with a shiny coat bounding around the park? Just like us, our pets need protein to build muscle and strength, vitamin-rich vegetables to improve digestion and immunity and carbohydrates for energy.

More pet owners are becoming aware of the fillers and additives used in some specialist food products. Cost-effective additives may be added by certain pet food manufacturers in order to maximise profit but may not always be appropriate for your pet. Cats, for example, can suffer from an intolerance or allergy to gluten, which means dishes bulked out with cereals like wheat and barley should be avoided. Even if they don’t suffer from an allergy, more grains can mean the product contains less protein, and as cats need a lot of protein to live a healthy life, it may have an impact on their long-term health.

While it may not sound appealing to be eating dog food, you will want the food you give to your pets to have the same quality ingredients found in human food. It’s always encouraging to see a pack of pet food with natural, human-grade ingredients that we would be happy to put in our own shopping baskets.

To give your pet what it needs, you may want to consider food that has been enriched with vitamins and minerals. Additionally, specialist products like dog chews that can promote better dental health by reducing the build-up of plaque and tartar will be great for your pet.

Pet food companies are increasingly offering fully natural ranges, which makes it easier for you to find healthier options. None of us have got the time to study the ingredients on every single product, but natural ranges offer a good starting point to allow you to pick-and-choose the right dishes for your pet—with the reassurance that they are free of unnecessary additives.

Above all else, your pet will need to find the food tasty—you need to find them something they are going to want to eat! Dishes that are cooked using high quality ingredients like whole pieces of duck, tuna loin or chicken breast are not only delicious, they are also a good source of protein. Variety is important too, so along with complete dishes, don’t forget to include a few luxury recipes and treats during the week, but always be careful to monitor total food intake to avoid overfeeding.

Of course, your vet will be able to advise you further about the right kind of nutrition for your dog or cat. Conditions like obesity, diabetes and dietary allergies usually need to be managed through diet, but it’s important to speak to a professional about how best to do this.

 

HiLife, owned by Melton Mowbray-based Town & Country Petfoods, offers quality food and treats for cats and dogs. Recently, it launched the ‘It’s only natural’ range for cats, which comprises nutritionally complete and luxury recipes and treats. The range is fully natural and free of artificial additives and grains.

HiLife products can be found in leading supermarkets, independent and national pet stores and online, including direct via www.hilifepet.co.uk. You can also stay up-to-date with the latest news via Facebook (www.facebook.com/hilifedog and www.facebook.com/hilifecat) and Twitter (@HiLifeCat and @HiLifeDog).

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