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Answering Commonly Asked Questions About Pet Food

Feeding pets is something that you might have questions about because you don't want to feed your pet anything that might be bad for them and cause disease or even death. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about pet food.

What Do You Feed Your Pet?

Of course, this depends on the particular pet you own. What you should know is that different pets require different percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They also require vitamins and minerals. Such percentages are best determined by a qualified and licensed veterinarian or a pet breeder who specialises in your particular pet.

What Do You Do Once You Have The Percentages?

On the backside of the packaging material of the pet food you want to purchase, you might find a list of the ingredients used to make the pet food. Next to the ingredients, there is a percentage content; this is what you are supposed to check against the percentages given by your pet's veterinarian or a reputable breeder.

Which Pet Food Brand Is The Best For Your Pet?

There is no direct answer to this question; however, there is a set of factors that might be able to help you choose a good brand:

  1. Does the pet food brand meet the required percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats?
  2. Has the pet food brand been recalled? Why was it recalled? Is it back on the market now? Have they added or removed any ingredients?
  3. How costly is the pet food brand you are considering compared to other brands?
  4. What do people on forums, review websites and social media accounts say about the particular pet food brand you want to purchase?

Answering such questions helps you arrive at a good brand that is good for your pet. It is worth noting that you should not consider price over the other factors mentioned above — don't buy cheap pet food that does not meet the required ingredient percentages.

What Are The Signs That A Particular Pet Food Is Bad For Your Pet?

If your pet gets sick after consuming the pet food, take them to the vet to find out whether it is the pet food that caused the sickness; sometimes, it may just be a coincidence and not the food. A vet is the only person qualified enough to make a correct diagnosis.

The term sick refers to symptoms like diarrhoea, lethargy, reduced activity, abnormal sounds, discomfort, abnormal behaviours, etc. You know your pet best, so if you notice that he or she is behaving differently after consuming the pet food, take him or her to the vet.