The Importance of Your Pet’s Food

The Importance of Your Pet’s Food


High quality food will positively affect your pet’s health and longevity. 

Better nutrition boosts your pet’s immune system and helps to prevent costly and painful disease. Read the label on your pet’s food to be sure you are feeding the best possible food you can afford.

Higher quality foods for dogs or cats will contain meat and usually minimal grains. Dogs and cats are carnivores and their digestive systems prefer meat. Avoid corn, wheat, and soy. Crude protein is “undigestible” and does not add to the nutritional value of the food. Typically, crude protein consists of hair and nails from farm animals and it passes straight through your pet adding to the bulk of its feces. You are basically paying for nothing but extra poop. 

It is important to never feed dog food to cats and vice versa. They have very different nutritional requirements. Cat foods generally contain extra protein and fat and are not a good choice for your dog (even if he likes it).  Kitten food is even worse.

Some of less expensive brands of pet foods add sugar or artificial flavors to make the food more appealing to your pet but higher quality foods will taste better naturally. Some pet foods include dyes to make the food “pretty” or appear to have a variety of contents. They play on your innate interest in feeding your pet something healthy with advertising instead of science.  

Non-nutritive additions to your pet’s food can lead to obesity which is a significant problem for household pets. Obesity can induce a host of ailments (and costly trips to the vet).

Your vet can suggest a good food for your pet and the appropriate quantity to feed. Every pet has different nutritional needs and no one food is best. If you are interested, you can find a pet food calculator to help keep your pet at an ideal weight at  The Pet Nutrition Alliance online. 

Sources for this post include:

The International Boarding and Pet Services Association

Pet MD