Good food is a central part of staying healthy for everyone, including pets. Thinking about not only what your pet is eating but how they’re eating it are two main concerns for parents of special-needs animals.
First things first: food. Schnitker recommends Hill’s brand pet food for its dialed-in nutrients. Hill’s food supports everyday vitality, and while the recipes vary, they include things like powerful antioxidants, unique fibers, fruits and vegetables, and varied proteins. “When you have a chronic illness, it’s important to keep up that weight,” she says. “Making sure they’re consuming enough of a [recommended food] is important.”
Schnitkner suggests Hill’s Science Diet brand as a good starting place, but work with your vet to find the right formula for you. Hill’s has it all: low-calorie formulas, high-calorie formulas, joint-focused formulas, products to accommodate food sensitivities, and many more.
Once you and your vet have chosen the right food, look at their eating habits. If your furry friend’s tendency to inhale food like an adorable vacuum is causing tummy trouble, switch it up. Schntiker recommends puzzle feeders, which have mini puzzles for your pet to solve in order to get their food. Not only will they help keep your pet from overeating, but they’re great for a little dinnertime entertainment.