The Right Food – Always be sure to provide your pets with the food that is suited to them from a nutritional perspective first and formost. While it’s true a dog will happily share your dinner with you, the contents of that food is not best suited to him and may cause long term health concerns. It’s best to check with your veterinarian on what the best choice of food is for your pet. Keep in mind that an animals nutritional requirements can change with age or environment and be sure to match their food with whatever it optimal. If you serve your pet processed food, be sure that the first ingrediet listed on the packaging is what you expect it to be. For example, for dog food, the first ingredient should be meat and not “some meat related by-product that someone stuck in a can”.
Mealtimes are Important – Depending on the animal your pet may be willing to eat simply because it is bored. This can lead to weight issues that can seriously affect the health of your animal. Determine the best times for your feeding schedule and do your best to stick to it.
No Mooching – Do not feed your pet table scraps. Not only are they high in fat and calories but it is unlikely that your food is nutritionally suited to your animals. Do not let the animals tell you it’s ok, it’s a trick!