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Pet Food and Their Moods

If you’re a responsible pet parent, you very well know that nutrition is the forefront of ensuring your pets’ health. But are you aware that nutrition doesn’t just affect their physical health, but also their behavior?

Do you have a grouchy pet? If so, there’s a good chance that this behavior can be improved with healthy food. You see, when a grumpy cat or dog displays uncharacteristic behavior such biting, scratching, or general resistance towards interaction, don’t scratch it off as your pet having a bad week. Grumpy behavior can indicate that your dog or cat is in pain. Dr. Kerri Marshall, a Chief Vet at Trupanion cited that low quality pet food is to blame behind your pets’ bad mood. Chemical additives make pets more prone to urinary tract infections, low-grade meat can be contaminated giving your pet digestive issues, and bulk fillers and additives can cause allergies. In the event your pet becomes uncharacteristically grumpy, consider that it could be their outlet for pain, and better take them to the vet.

Is your pet a bit of a dodo? Excuse the bluntness of the question. As endearing as a dumb dog or cat with a heart of gold is, their level of mental alertness can again be attributed to diet. Study after study has shown that high quality pet food with a balanced mixed of wholesome ingredients gives dogs and cats the nutrients they need for their brain health. For instance, Dr. Lorie Huston noted that dogs and cats fed an antioxidant-rich diet were more trainable, learned more complex tasks faster, and with longer retention. Essentially, pets who eat a wholesome diet have slower rates of cognitive decline. While we embrace our furbabies for who they are, level of intelligence and all, know that diet affects their behavioral health, so fill up their food bowls accordingly!

Does your pet seem sad, lethargic, or depressed? A sad furbaby makes for a sad pet parent. We’re sure you can relate to that longing pull you feel when pet tails aren’t wagging and purring, and you’d do anything to make them feel happy. Food can be the culprit depression and lethargy. Low quality food will not provide your pet with the nutrition or the energy they need. Often, a dog or cat will feel ‘weighed’ down thanks to all the low-nutrient yet high calorie bulk fillers they are consuming. Very much like how we feel bloated and unwell after chowing down on fast food, the same goes for pets when they eat junk.

Resolution if you find yourself with a grumpy, depressed dodo of a furbaby? While we hope this isn’t the case, it is always best to check with your vet to assess if the behavior is diet-related. To help you get started, check out this link.



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