Not only people have food related problems, animals do too! With our modern food-laden lifestyles, our pets are succumbing to many of the same problems as us, such as being overweight or
malnourished. With so many diets and food options out there, it can be very confusing to pick the best one - we are happy to advise you on the best way to feed your pet for a happy, healthy and long
Our vets and nurses are happy to advise you on nutrition at every stage of your pet's life, if you have any questions or concerns simply ask for more information. Every time your pet visits our practice, they will be weighed and their overall body and coat condition will be assessed, any necessary advice will then be given. If you or our vets are concerned that your pet is overweight and therefore at risk of health problems we recommend signing up for our Pet Fitness Amnesty. We also offer regular weight and development checks as part of our Kitten and Puppy Starter Packs and our VIP Scheme.
Your new puppy or kitten is at a busy stage of their life and aside from all the new experiences and adventures they're enjoying, they're also growing very quickly! This means that they have a high requirement for vitamins, minerals, protein and energy to support their developing bones, muscles and immune system.
Puppy and kitten diets are specifically formulated to provide all of these needs in a balanced way. This is important to ensure that they grow well and do not become overweight. In larger breeds it is also important to have a balanced diet when growing to prevent bone and joint problems.
Once your cat or dog has finished growing, the focus of dietary management is to ensure that your pet obtains all the necessary nutrients without becoming overweight. Puppy and kitten diets contain too much protein and energy for adults and can cause them to become overweight very quickly, diets formulated for adults are designed to prevent this.
Older and geriatric pets can be given special 'senior' diets which contain supplements to support their aging bones, joints and immune system.
These are very similar to standard dog and cat diets, but with two significant differences:
Hormonal changes that occur following neutering mean that your pet's metabolism is reduced and standard adult food may be too high in calories when fed normally. It is normally fine to feed adult food at a smaller volume than in pets who have not been neutered, however, in some pets this can lead to hunger and scavenging.
To avoid the impact of this on your pet's welfare and health (including bouts of diarrhoea associated with scavenging for food), diets have been formulated especially for neutered pets. This can also help to reduce the risk of bladder stones in male cats which is associated with obesity.
Many diseases cannot be managed by medication alone, additional dietary support can have significant benefits. Your vet will advise you when this is appropriate for your pet, but common diseases where this is helpful include:
Many of these diets are prescription-only and can be ordered from our practice on request.
Some people decide to feed their pets a homemade diet of raw meat or fish, and whilst this is entirely a personal decision, it must be noted that there are some major problems with this approach:
There are many human foods that may seem a tasty treat to us, but they can be extremely dangerous to our furry friends!
Things not to feed to dogs include:
Things not to feed to cats include:
Most importantly, DO NOT feed dog food to cats or cat food to dogs! Cats have specific need for a protein called taurine that is not
present in dog food, deficiency causes heart problems in cats. Cat food has higher energy content than dog food and dogs eating it are prone to obesity.
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Village Vets Centre Ltd
65 Quarry St
Tel.: 0151 428 8600
Tel.: 0151 428 8600