BFM-Best Friends Milano
Hot weather is coming and our pets suffer as much as we do, if not more, from rising temperatures.
Nutrition must take this into account. How can we help them cope best with summer?
WATER AT WILL, EVEN IN FOODS - Industrial foods, which have reached excellent quality levels, are complete foods. Kibble offers white meat, fish and rice. But they remain dry products, where the presence of water is laughable. So is not the case with wet food, which contains at least 75% by law. All the more so if we are the ones doing the home cooking by varying the weekly menu for our pets.
Thus, the first indication may be to introduce wet food more often, because it naturally provides greater amounts of water, an essential element for the body and regulate metabolism, especially when the heat presses on. The Barf diet, so raw meat, is also recommended, as it introduces water already naturally contained in food.
FRESH FOODS - Animal nutritionists remind us that the most "cooling" meats are rabbit, venison, white fish and turkey. In contrast, the most "warming" meats are lamb, pork, chicken and beef. If we want to offer croquettes, let's lean toward those that offer white fish, rabbit and duck. In home cooking, we also consider proposing pig heart and liver, bovine liver and kidney to the pet, avoiding the same organs if chicken, sheep or game.
FRIENDLY VEGETABLES AND FRUIT - Vegetables and fruit can play a key role in summer feeding. We can introduce them, alongside refreshing meats, by employing, for example, celery, cucumbers, zucchini, white radishes, peas. For fruits, melon, watermelon and peaches are suggested.
CEREALS AS MUCH AS IT TAKES - Cereals are also an integral part of the diet. Best to avoid millet, brown rice, corn in summer and prefer basmati rice, barley, oats, quinoa instead. Be careful, however, to introduce them in modest quantities.
Better not to improvise and always seek advice from your veterinarian. He or she will know which foods and food amounts are suitable for our pet, depending on his or her health condition, age, and activity.