Pet Nutrition Tips with Dr. Evan Antin

If you’re going to get pet nutrition tips, what better way is there to hear them than from Dr. Evan Antin, who was named Sexiest Beast Charmer Alive by People Magazine in its 2015 Sexiest Man Alive issue. Last week I had the chance to spend an hour chatting with Dr. Antin and a few other pet-loving bloggers about pet nutrition and found that not only does Dr. Antin live up to his People Magazine title, but he is also super nice, passionate about animals and really knows his stuff when it comes to pets and nutrition.

As we head into the holiday season, most of us are busy planning meals for our families and, of course, our pets are part of our families so we need to think about what THEY are eating too. There are things we should do for our pets and things that we need to avoid as well. The holidays can be a crazy, hectic time, so a little pre-planning can make things easier.
 

Pet Nutrition Tips with Dr. Evan Antin

 

Tip #1: Understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.

To make any decision, you need to be well-informed. The right choices in pet food, a quality diet and nutrition are all crucial elements in helping our pets live long, healthy lives. Keep in mind that nutritional needs for pets are NOT the same as for humans and a diet trend that might work for you may not be helpful for your dog and could possibly be harmful. Choosing your pet’s food should be based on their own individual needs and it can be helpful to speak to your veterinarian to determine the best nutritional approach for your pet.

 

Tip #2: Do your research on ingredients.

When it comes to choosing a pet food, the #1 consideration is that it needs to provide complete and balanced nutrition. A good understanding of the ingredients used in your pet’s food – such as grains and by-products – and the benefits they bring is essential. For example:
Grains: Dogs aren’t wolves, they’re omnivores. This means they’ll need a vegetable-based or a lower-protein diet as part of a complete and balanced diet. Research has shown that grains deliver more complete nutrition than the ingredients typically used to substitute for grains.
By-products: Many pet food manufacturers use high-quality by-products – such as beef, chicken or pork that may include hearts, livers, kidneys, lungs and spleens. Cats and dogs in the wild typically eat these organs first because they are highly palatable and nutrient-dense.
Raw: Some people believe pets should eat a raw food diet because it’s allegedly more like what they would eat in the wild. However, raw pet food may not provide all the nutrients pets need and can contain dangerous bacteria when food safety regulations aren’t met.
Natural and organic: Although pet foods labeled as natural, organic and/or holistic are increasingly popular, the use of these terms can be misleading or confusing. Natural and organic foods are not necessarily healthier than conventional foods.

 

Tip #3: Check the quality and safety of pet food.

Knowing how to get the best information about pet food can be difficult! In fact, 8 in 10 (81%) pet owners either have reached out or want to reach out to a source of information about their pet’s food, but 41% of those who want to reach out don’t know where to look for this information. It’s not easy to know where to look, but it’s worth the effort! Pet owners should research the quality and safety standards of their pet food and know who makes it, where it’s made, the steps taken to ensure the food’s quality and safety, and if it meets or exceeds FDA and AAFCO standards. You can do this by contacting your pet food manufacturer or checking their website or by speaking to your vet for recommendations.

 

Tip #4: Avoid feeding table scraps.

It can be tempting to offer your pets table scraps, but those human foods, especially around the holidays, may contain a lot of oils and fats that can lead to pet health problems like diarrhea, vomiting and pancreatitis. Even more importantly, there are some foods that are highly toxic to dogs like onions, raisins and garlic. You don’t have to eliminate treats for your pet, but make sure they are treats designed for pets, not humans.

I hope those tips gave you a good start! To learn even more about nutrition, pet food quality and safety, please visit, www.purina.com/nutrition.

 

thriftyjinxy@live.com' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.

Comments

  1. tat2gurlzrock@hotmail.com' Dana Rodriguez says:

    These are great tips. I especially like #4. I NEVER give my pets table scraps.

  2. These are great tips. I think this is something that every pet owner should read. It’s important that our pets get food that’s just as healthy as we do.

  3. cshell090869@aol.com' shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I will have to pass these along.

  4. kaflickinger74@yahoo.com' Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This is very good to know. Thank you for sharing these tips. I will definitely share with my friends who have pets.

  5. This is really good pet health advice. We do have to look at the food ingredients very carefully. Feeding the pets table scraps is a big mistake!

  6. camivalenzuela09@yahoo.com' Cami Valenzuela says:

    These are great tips. I have a boxer and they are prone to stomach issues so I am very picky on his food. We tell everyone as well no table food. But he does get an occasional scrapped egg. The vet said it was good for him.

  7. rememberkim@verizon.net' Kim Croisant says:

    Yep, we do all that. Table scraps is a no no. I have an all around happy and healthy family and it starts with food. Good healthy food will carry you a long way…Those pups are so cute!!

  8. These are all so true. It’s important that we check what kind of food we’re feeding our fur babies and if it’s something that they can benefit from! These are very good reminders for all pet owners!

  9. Great tips! Making sure a pet eats well is so important to their overall health, and their longevity. It is so important to know what ingredients are in their food and understand if they are actually healthy.

  10. I think researching the food and checking the ingredients are great tips. We should take our pet’s diet seriously.

  11. The right diet is key to a healthy pet. My dogs had severe allergies when they were puppies, but when we finally found the right food for them, it all cleared up.

  12. Pet nutrition is just as important as human nutrition. After all, they are part of the family.

  13. This has been extremely helpful. I am so glad I stumbled upon this!

  14. I love balancing my pets diet. The difference shows in their fur!

  15. These are some great tips, and those puppies are just adorable!

  16. My dog is my youngest child so I make sure he gets only the best nutrition available. We do have to work on avoiding giving him table scraps, or giving in to his sad puppy dog eyes when he begs for human food.

  17. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    For a dog’s long and healthy life getting the best dog food is so important! I make sure to get my dog plenty of exercise and a healthy diet every day!

  18. Well, Dr. Antin is pretty sexy. And smart to boot. Great tips! Now if I could only get the rest of my family to quit feeding my dog scraps…

  19. Great tips! I always make sure I read the label when I pick up a bag of dog food. My dog cannot have any grains so I make sure he only gets quality grain free dog food. Thank you for sharing these tips.

  20. I dont have a pet but this sounds like some good professional tips. I never give my friend/families dog table scraps ever.

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