Today, our four-legged friends are becoming even more important members of our households. It’s far more than just a pet-parent relationship for many. In fact, ever since the pandemic, families across the country have introduced new companions into their homes, and the “humanization” trends as experts refer to the phenomenon are skyrocketing.
What this means is we’re now allowing our pets to sleep in the bed, share TV time with us and even eat in the kitchen with us at mealtime. For many buying holiday gifts and adding pets to the holiday festivities along with the rest of the family are all becoming commonplace.
One area that’s seen recent growing interest is the food our dogs are eating. Just like humans are striving to feel better and eat better, they’re also looking to find natural and healthy meal options for their pets so they too can live a long, quality life.
Projected to reach up to $81B by 2031, the pet food market is certainly on the upswing.
As this shift happens, we’re seeing more people move away from mass-produced kibble and foods with tons of fillers and ingredients that no one can pronounce. Instead, they are being replaced with fresh options that are organic, natural, and have sustainable ingredients.
So what are some great options to feed dogs? Things like fruits and vegetables (that are prepared properly and are not toxic to your pet) are key. For some breeds, heavy meat-based meals may be okay, for others grain-free.
Natural food diets can have so many benefits. It’s all about understanding your dog’s unique needs and ensuring they get the properly balanced diet to support them.
Just as with humans, eating better translates to feeling better. Not just inward but also our appearance. Better skin, less inflammation and allergy issues, and more. As such, many pet parents are also looking for holistic and nutritional ways to help their pets improve their skin and coat health as well as strengthen their joint and digestive systems.
It’s important to talk to a board-certified vet if you plan on making drastic feeding changes for your dog to ensure the changes are not just healthy but also what they need.