Pets are the most beautiful and adorable creatures a human being can keep for companion and for fun. However this comes with a responsibility of taking care and feeding the pet. Just like the way a child is depended on his/her parents to take care of their needs, pets too look up to the their owner to cater for their basic needs. So it is up to you as a pet care giver to make sure they get all that they need and most important food and shelter. We already discussed the importance of homemade food in this post, but today we will elaborate on the advantages of moist pet food.
When it comes to feeding your pet you should always be sure to buy them pet food that has moisture. Such foods will help the pet add extra water into the body and this water will help the digestive system fasten the digestive process and also reduce dehydration. Dry pet food can increase dehydration leading to serious illness like kidney failure and urinary tract infections in pets such as dogs and cats. When pets take in moist food, it is easier for digestion, it also adds water to their diet and it helps in reducing irritation and bloating of the stomach.
Most of the times pets care givers want to compare pet foods by looking at the amount minerals,proteins,vitamins and carbohydrates that they contain but this is not accurate because the moisture content in a pet food is the major determining factor on the percentage of the other ingredients in that particular food. Feeding your pet moist food will help their body to have enough water to carry nutrients in and out of the body cells and also help in the circulation of nutrients in the blood vessels.
More water in the pet’s body will help in cooling body temperature and reducing skin dryness; water will also help in lubricating the joints so your pet can have easy movement. A pet’s body will need extra water to help in all important body functions. Besides giving your pet moist pet food, it is equally important to make them increase their daily water intake by putting a bowl filled with water where they can easily access it.
After buying dry food for your pet it is advised to always rehydrate it by adding water into it before feeding the pet. Or you should try simple things that can help increase moisture content in your pet’s diet for example, you can try giving your pet raw bones or adding unpasteurized milk in to their meals.
To summarize, as a pet parent you should understand what dehydration means and always should be alert to notice the most common signs of dehydration in your pet. Some of those signs include: the pet having dry mouth, nose, red eyes, excessive panting and loose of appetite. Detecting these dehydration signs early will help you as a pet parent to keep your pet safe from feeling uncomfortable or sick, and will also help your pet to get soft and healthy skin. For the love of your pet, keep it hydrated!