Good nutrition is essential to pets leading a happy and healthy life. Maintaining a sound diet will strengthen
bones, build up immunity, produce a shiny and healthy coat and give pets the energy and sustenance to lead active
lives. However not all pet food is made the same and though you may think an animal’s digestive system can handle
just about anything the truth is certain foods and snacks are simply not healthy for a dog or cat to be eating.
There is also the danger of pet food recalls that don’t often make headlines the way human food does but is just as
serious. Caring pet owners need to understand the importance of good nutrition and healthy diets so that their dog,
cat or horse can enjoy life to the fullest.
Salmonella has been a recurring problem in several brands of pet food and snacks and several recalls have been
issued to pull potentially hazardous foods from the shelves. Though this information is made public through
www.avma.org it is not always featured on newscasts so pet owners need to be
vigilant in their checks of pet food information and of course the ingredients in pet food. While salmonella is
a well-known bacteria many popular snacks for dogs and cats including pigs ears and biscuits contain other
harmful toxins that cause moderate to severe illnesses in pets.
Nutrition is always important to pets but when dogs and cats get older the need for balanced diets and specially
formulated foods become even more crucial to their overall health. Geriatric dog and cat food, usually labeled “for
older”, can be found in any pet supply store or through certain online web sites. Just as well special foods and
snacks are available for young puppies and kittens so each develops properly. As a caring pet owner taking active
interest in your pet’s nutrition is paramount to the dog or cat leading a healthy, active and fulfilling life.