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Just like you, your pet relies on a good diet to stay healthy and fit. The choices you make when it comes to pet food really do matter.
“Dogs and cats need to meet mineral and vitamin requirements, as well as energetic needs,” Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, a professor in the department of clinical sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, tells Yahoo Life. “What they they eat is important to maintaining health.”
The right diet “plays a significant role in the management of a variety of diseases,” Dr. Valerie Parker, associate professor of small animal internal medicine and nutrition at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, tells Yahoo Life. “Complete and balanced diets” are important.
How do you make the right picks? Take into account your pet’s weight and daily caloric needs, as well as its life stage. Buying from a brand that’s candid about ingredients—and that employs a full-time, qualified nutritionist—is also smart, says Parker.
You can start right now. Walmart has a new service called Walmart+ that offers same-day delivery (with a $35 minimum) on pet food, groceries and more. Yes, you read that right: same-day delivery. Prices are the same as those in the store and online. For a low monthly fee, you’ll get as many deliveries as you want. It’s a perfect opportunity to try out a new pet food plan for your beloved dog or cat.
Whether you’re interested in new grub or just want to stock up on a tried-and-true favorite, the foods below all meet veterinarian criteria. And, with the help of Walmart+, you can have them at your doorstep quicker than you can say “Chow time!”
Pedigree’s dog food is packed with protein to help fuel your dog’s day. It also includes whole grains for healthy digestion. The dry food has no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup and no added sugar. And the zip closure is a nice perk that helps keep cabinets clean.
Shop it: Pedigree Healthy Weight Adult Dry Dog Food, 15 Lb Bag, $14, walmart.com
A mix of chicken, fish and rice, this cat food could become a favorite of even a picky kitty. It’s as good for her outsides as it is for her insides: With omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it helps fuel a shiny coat.
Shop it: Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Natural Adult Dry Cat Food, 2 Lb Bag, $8, walmart.com
IAMS’ small kibble dog food is made for adult pets. Packed with chicken and grains, this food includes a blend of fibers and prebiotics to help support digestion. The smaller kibble size makes it easy to eat.
Shop it: IAMS Proactive Health Adult Mini Chunks, 7 Lb Bag, $11, walmart.com
This turkey cat food from IAMS is specially designed to help kitties who have digestive issues. It contains no soy or wheat, and includes a specialized fiber blend for digestion support. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids also help keep skin and fur healthy.
Shop it: IAMS Proactive Health Adult Sensitive Digestion & Skin Dry Cat Food, 6 Lb Bag, $13, walmart.com
Blue Buffalo’s puppy food is packed with real chicken (deboned chicken is the first ingredient). It also contains DHA and ARA, fatty acids found in a mother's milk, to help support your puppy’s mental development and eye health.
Shop it: Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Grain-Free Natural Puppy Food, 4.5 Lb Bag, $19, walmart.com
This high-protein, gluten-free and grain-free food has whitefish as its main ingredient. What else is in there? Eggs and sweet potato to help give your kitty the energy she needs. Natural probiotics are part of the mix as well—they help boost digestive health.
Shop it: Purina Beyond Grain Free, Natural Dry Cat Food, 5 Lb Bag, $17, walmart.com
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