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What should I feed my pet?

Sun, 10th, Mar 2019 |
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Feeding Schedule

There is no single, magic bag of kibble that works for all dogs. Even during the course of their lifetime, your pet needs to be fed a variety of foods to get the right nutrition. For the first few days keep your pet on the food that he or she has been eating at their mum's house. After that, speak to a professional about recommending a good brand of premium dog food. There are several options to choose from, for puppies and even breed specific diets. When you buy any dog food, please be very careful to check the ingredient label to ensure that you understand exactly what your pet is eating. If you are switching your pet's diet, remember to do it very gradually. Add a little bit of the new food to their usual food and increase the proportion of new food gradually. Making the switch gradually will help your pup's tummy get used to the food and reduce the risk of a tummy upset. For pups you could make the food a little softer by soaking the kibble in warm water beforehand.

Treats are great for training and as rewards for when your pup has been a good boy. However, make sure that you and everyone at home understands that treats should not be overused. When treats become easily available, they lose their power to be rewards. Eating too many can also lead to a gain in weight. You need to balance the number of treats with the amount of food that you give your pet.

 

Supplements

Supplements always need to be prescribed by a vet. This is because too much of a nutrient can be damaging to your pet's health as well. Also, the dosage and frequency of pet supplements changes from one pet to another.

Watch Your Pet's Weight It is common for pet parents to overfeed their dogs as a way of showing them love. But this can lead to obesity which has it does with people) leads to a host of additional health problems. For dogs, it results in decreased stamina, breathing difficulties and hip dysplasia. As they get older, pets are also at risk of diabetes and osteoarthritis. These are just a few possible outcomes of obesity in dogs.

Mealtime Schedule At the beginning, you should stick to the schedule that your pup is used to. Feed them in a specific place and at specific times. Pups need to be fed more often than adult dogs. Up to the age of 12 weeks, your pup needs to be fed specific quantities (check with a vet) of food four times a day. Do not feed them very late at night. After this, small and medium sized breeds can be fed thrice a day until the age of 6 months. But large breed dogs are susceptible to bloat so until 12 or 18 months, you should continue to feed them many small meals a day rather than two big ones. The quantities and the type of food that suits your dog may not suit another. Always remember to have fresh and clean water available for your pup at all times.

Superfoods and Why They're Good for Your Pet

Superfoods are those fruit or vegetables that are able to provide more nutrients than others. These are termed 'nutritionally dense' and are often ingredients that we use in our everyday cooking. Despite their incredible nutritional benefits, when you feed your pet these superfoods, you should do so in moderation. So, please check with your vet on the dosage and quantities that are permitted for your pet.

Some Superfoods & Their Benefits

  • Apples without seeds - fibrous, cleans the teeth and aids fresher breath
  • Pumpkin - fibrous, plenty of vitamins, carotenoids and minerals. Supports the immune system, contributes to healthy skin.
  • Eggs - Contains amino acids + vitamins and minerals that help the eyes, heart and the brain. Easily digested source of protein Bananas - contains amino acids, electrolytes, vitamin C and potassium.
  • Bananas- low in calorie count, high in beta-carotene (avoid baby carrots as they can be choking hazards).
  • Sweet potatoes - contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer and fight the effects of aging. It is a good source of dietary fibre.
  • Pomegranate -high in antioxidants which are beneficial to your pet's immune system and contributes to the healthy functioning of the heart. It is also high in fibre, low in calories and contains potassium, folic acid and vitamin C.
  • Coconut oil - is great for people and for pets! It helps the digestive system, aids in eliminating bad breath in dogs and even contains agents that are anti-fungal and antibacterial. This helps prevent infections and diseases.

 

Can My Pet Eat the Food That I Eat?

Most often, the answer is no. Some very common human foods can cause bad reactions in your pooch. Below are some of these dangerous foods:

Alcohol, Yeast, Dough, Grapes, Milk, Mushrooms, Chocolate, Raw meat, Eggs, Spoiled Food, Macadamia, Nuts, Meat bones, Chewing gum, candy, Fat Trimmings, Avocados, Artificial sweeteners, Toothpaste, Garlic, Coffee, Onions, Leeks, Chives, Cat food

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