Posted 26th Jan 2018
Our pets form an important part of our family, so it's only natural that we look to provide them with lip licking nutrition that meet their needs. However, it can be hard to feel confident in the choices we make, as there's so much conflicting advice online, particularly if your pet needs a tailored diet to support any health issues
To help you, we've spoken to IAMS, who have compiled their top tips for selecting the right nutrition for your dog or cat.
1 Match their lifestage
Just as we do throughout our lives, our pets will have varying nutritional needs based on their lifestage. For instance, the first 12 months for a kitten or a puppy will be vital for healthy development as they need help when it comes to building strong bones and muscles, brain development, and strengthening their digestive system. As a pet becomes older, they start to require a lower level of fat in their diet, as they become less active to prevent them from becoming overweight. To help your dog or cat get the most out of their life, no matter what their age, look out for tailored nutrition which will support them throughout their kitten or puppy, adult and senior years.
2 Protein is key
Protein is especially important for both cats and dogs, as it needs replacing on a daily basis to support the skin and coat, muscles, digestion, tissues such as the liver, and even messengers such as hormones. However, unlike dogs, cats are true carnivores and require animal protein to survive, so it's important to understand the protein content in your pet's diet to ensure they receive the levels they need.
3 Support health issues
Sometimes, our pets can need a little extra support when it comes to their nutrition to help with health issues or to control their weight. Vets believe around 49 per cent of dogs and 44 per cent of cats are overweight, so it's important to select a low-calorie diet if you are concerned about your pet's weight.
4 Leave them purring for more
It's important that our pets enjoy their food to allow them to gain the benefits from high-quality ingredients included. However, beware of any diets that include artificial flavourings as these aren't necessary for lip licking nutrition. Instead, look for tasty flavours such as succulent roast chicken and the inclusion of animal fats. These help to increase palatability for a delicious taste that leaves your pet pawing at the cupboard for more.
Tips and image courtesy of IAMS