They Are What They Eat: Are your pets getting enough nutrition?

They Are What They Eat: Are your pets getting enough nutrition?
August 10, 2020 Samford Pet Resort

When it comes to our fur babies, they really are a loved member of our families. That’s why we should be paying just as much attention to what we feed them as we would to what we feed our kids or ourselves. There are different rules when it comes to how we feed our cats and dogs and a lot of ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of which foods are highly nutritious and which foods should be avoided. Below is a guide to the nutrition of our feline family members and doggos:

Which Foods are Full of Nutrition for Dogs?

✓ Salmon, shrimp and tuna are all great for your dog because they’re packed full of protein

✓ Apples are high in vitamin A and C as well as fibre, all of which are important for dogs

✓ Carrots will help to maintain your dog’s oral hygiene and help to keep their gums and teeth clean

✓ Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and fibre for your pup

Which Foods Should Stay on your Dinner Plate and not in the Dog Bowl?

✓ Grapes and Raisins have been linked to kidney failure in certain dog breeds

✓ Any vegetable in the onion category (onions, garlic, shallots, etc.) is toxic to dogs

✓ Chocolate. This one tends to be pretty well known but chocolate will cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain in your doggo so make sure to avoid it

✓ Foods that contain a lot of salt should always be avoided. These kinds of foods can trigger seizures, tremors and vomiting

Tailor your Doggo’s Diet to Their Size

When we say that your dog’s daily meals should be based on their size or weight that doesn’t always mean the bigger your dog is, the more you should feed them. In fact, most smaller breeds have a faster metabolism which means that they need foods that are higher in calories. For example, a Pomeranian, on average, needs twice as much calories than a Great Dane. However, this doesn’t mean that you should simply feed your small breed dog as much as they can eat- this will result in an overweight pup and can cause some pretty tricky health issues. Do a bit of research and find out what the recommended intake is for the breed and size of your dog, then you should generally be sticking to those figures on a daily basis.

Which Foods are Full of Nutrition for Kitties?

✓ Just like for dogs, salmon is a great source of protein for your cat

✓ Spinach is packed full of vitamin A, C and K as well as iron and calcium, all of which are great for keeping your kitty healthy

✓ Eggs are another really good source of protein, just make sure they’re cooked!

✓ Bananas are a quick, easy and really healthy snack for your feline family members

✓ Peas are also cat-safe and have heaps of vitamins and fibre

Which Human Foods AREN’T Cat-Safe?

✓ Milk. Despite the fact that you often see images in kids books or tv shows of cats drinking a creamy bowl of milk, most cats are actually lactose intolerant so you should avoid dairy products

✓ Tuna. While most cats love tuna, and it’s fine to serve it as an occasional treat, tuna lacks a lot of the nutrients that cats require so it shouldn’t make up part of their regular diet

✓ Just like dogs, cats need to avoid onions, garlic and any other vegetable in the allium family

✓ Dog food. If you also have a dog, then you need to make sure your cat isn’t regularly filling their tummy with dog food since this can lead to malnutrition

Pay Attention to Their Needs

When it comes to cats, the amount of food they require is less based on their breed and more on their individual needs. Cats can require up to 50% more or less food than what is considered average or recommended on the tin. As a rough guide, you can go by the rule that you should be feeding your cat 25-35 calories for every half a kilogram that they weigh but if you notice that your cat is getting a little pudgy, you should start reducing their daily intake to avoid health problems. You may also notice that your kitty is eating their food quickly and looking for more within a short space of time. If this is the case, increase their portion sizes a little bit and leave them feeling more satisfied.

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At Samford Pet Resort, we treat your fur baby as if they were our own. Our amazing, animal-loving team are dedicated to the health and safety of your pets as well as making sure they have the best vacation ever because it’s not just us humans who deserve a holiday! To learn more about our pet accommodation options or services get in contact with one of our friendly team members today!