I remember when my parents would shop for the best dog food. They would have a dog nutrition discussion with the veterinarian then do what they could to purchase healthy dog food. There weren't nearly as many options back then as there are now. There are even foods that can help manage certain health conditions. I try to follow the pet health model taught by my parents but all of the dog food choices out there can be staggering. Instead of being overwhelmed by it, I savor the opportunity to research and learn about what is best to fed my pets and why. I am also thankful for my relationship with my veterinarian. Throughout Tynan's life, my vet recommended changing dog food several times. I always transitioned Tynan from old food to new food gradually, in stages.
Gently switching foods was especially important with my cats. Changing cat food is particularly tough when you have had picky feline eaters with health issues like my first cat, Emily. Finding the best cat food is often more difficult for me because I didn't learn how to care for cats from my parents. I have had just my vet and my own research to help me discover all I could about cat nutrition. And I am still learning. What is a healthy cat food for one cat may not be perfect for another. Plus all pets nutritional needs change as they grow and age.