Nutritional recommendation

How do I choose the best food for my pet?

“What is the best food for my pet?”

Each time, it’s difficult to answer this question. Why? Because no nutrition or food works for all animals. Many aspects must be considered when it comes to your companion’s food.

MAKING A WISE CHOICE

Which criteria should guide our choices when it comes to our pet’s food? First, we have to look at the animal’s stage of life. For example, a growing puppy or kitten requires a calcium/phosphorus ratio that is optimal to promote healthy bone development. A bone structure that develops at the proper pace is less sensitive to various unwanted conditions. This is the case for cats and dogs.

When it comes to puppies, it is important to know that small breed dogs grow faster than large breed dogs, which can grow for up to two years. Because of this rapid growth, small breed nutrition must fit the dog’s metabolism.

Then, there are also genetics to consider. Some breeds are more predisposed to dental or cardiac diseases, joint problems and so many other conditions. In any case, your veterinarian will be able to recommend the proper nutrition for your pet.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Your animal’s daily exercise impacts the recommendations that will be made by your veterinarian. Is your cat a lazy kitty or a fierce hunter? Do you go for a 15-minute walk twice a day or are you training for the next marathon? It makes sense that these animals will need different calorie intakes.

MEDICAL HISTORY

When choosing a food to fit your pet, you have to consider the medical history. Has your cat ever had urinary crystals? Your veterinarian will be able to suggest a food that will help prevent recurrences. Is your cat finicky when it comes to water? It may be a good idea to include wet food in the diet to help protect the kidneys. Does your pet have a tendency to gain weight? A customized weight loss program could be of great help.

Animals with picky digestive tracts will benefit from eating food that promotes a balanced intestinal flora, which improves digestion in many ways. Other pets that may be sensitive to constipation could benefit from a customized high fibre diet that includes both soluble and insoluble fibres and is available at the veterinary clinic.

There are also pets suffering from food allergies, joint pain, or that need a specific diet for their dental care. Many of these conditions can be slowed down by healthy and proper nutrition. Your veterinary team will be able to guide you.

BUDGET

Yes, budget matters as well when choosing a diet for our pets. Feeding five cats and three labs is very different than having a single cat to care for. Remember that it is possible to choose smartly without going overboard on cost. As buying food is an ongoing thing, you must be genuine with your veterinary team about financial restrictions that you may have. On the other hand, there is no need to go for a particular food just because it is the cheapest. In the long run, preventing conditions by feeding your pet good food is still cheaper than treating a condition.

Overall, the animal’s condition, age, disease, genetics, physical activity, muscle mass, habits, budget, lifestyle, and, of course, preferences are all considered by your veterinary team when they suggest a food for Max or Garfield.

That being said, the best nutritional advice, the one that is the best for your companion, is the one made by your veterinary team after your pet’s physical exam. Once all the factors have been examined, you will get a customized recommendation. Don’t hesitate to ask questions because your animal will benefit from you teaming up with your veterinary team.

You can also read : https://passionimo.ca/en/our-tips/food-cats/nutrition-sessions/

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