The HomeoAnimal Team (as well as myself!) considers dogs and cats as valued members of the family — and I know you do, too! So you’ve probably wondered, as most pet parents do: “What’s the BEST food to feed my pet?”.
I hear this question all the time (as do many pet experts), but the tricky thing is, the answer is different for every animal. That’s because each one has unique nutritional needs, plus your family’s personal lifestyle and budget must also be considered.
So where should you begin?
For starters, it’s important to consult with your vet about your pet’s health needs, then do some research and learn the basics of pet nutrition. You’ll also want to find an animal nutritionist who aligns with your values and can help you create a specific diet plan for your pal (but more on that later).
Yes, a lot goes into deciding what to feed your dog or cat, and this series, known as The Ultimate Pet Nutrition Guide : Finding The Best Food for Your Pet, is a great place to start.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to nourish your four-legged friend, but you can be confident in your choices when you equip yourself with the right tools and information.
We compiled the expertise of 35 animal nutritionists and pet professionals from around the world to put together this extensive guide. It’s split into nine articles that are designed to walk you through the steps of creating the healthiest meal plan for your pet.
Want a sneak peek? Take a look below:
Professionals weigh in on common feeding mistakes that can negatively affect a dog or cat’s health.
Find out some of the consequences — including health issues and diseases — that can result from a dog or cat eating an imbalanced diet over a period of time.
Pet experts share which dietary changes can help alleviate common health issues, and potentially support the process of healing.
There are so many diets out there, it’s hard to know which one to choose! Learn how to pick a meal plan that works for your pet … and for your lifestyle.
Taking your companion to an animal nutritionist may be just as important as taking him to the vet! A professional nutritionist will take your pet’s health history into consideration, then help you design a meal plan to address his or her needs.
Learn what you should look for in an animal nutritionist, plus some red flags to avoid. Hint: a good one will take your limitations into consideration, including time and budget constraints.
Ever felt silly asking an expert a question about your pet? You shouldn’t! I assure you, you’ll feel better after reading some of the hilarious inquiries pet professionals have been asked.
Your pal’s new favorite healthy treat may already be in your kitchen! Pet professionals give recommendations for wholesome, homemade snacks you can share with your companion.
From consulting with a veterinary nutritionist about your pet’s meal plan, to adding in nutritious supplements, to using homemade treat hacks, a healthy, balanced diet includes the big and small decisions you make for your pal every single day.
As you can see, this guide covers many facets of the complicated (but fascinating) world of pet nutrition. While it certainly doesn’t contain all the answers, I hope that it inspires you to be proactive while empowering you to make informed decisions when it comes to your companion’s health.
Our pets can’t choose their food, so it’s up to us to pick a plan for them. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just remember: at the end of the day, you’re the best person to make these decisions because no one will care for your pet quite as much as you do!
Disclaimer: This guide is intended to provide you with the information you need to make better decisions about pet nutrition. The views and opinions in this guide attempt to discuss general information about pet nutrition.
Remember, all animals are unique and they each have different nutritional needs. What’s more, opinions differ from one nutritionist to the next. It is always imperative to consult with a veterinary professional that you trust when determining the best diet for your pet and their individual needs.
We have made every effort to be truthful, fair, and accurate when we wrote this guide. HomeoAnimal has used all reasonable care in compiling the information from the interviewed pet nutritionists but makes no guarantee as to its accuracy. We recommend contacting a local pet nutritionist to help assist you in making your final decision when it comes to your pet’s dietary needs.
Suzie Cyrenne, CO-FOUNDER OF HOMEOANIMAL