Diet and nutrition
Eating well is also important for your pet’s health!
Whether your pet is young or old, you select the food you feel is best. You know what your pet likes… and what they simply leave untouched in their bowl. You understand that animals have their own tastes and you want to respect that. However, it’s important to remember that they usually end up eating the same thing their whole lives and that diet and nutrition have a long-term impact on their overall health. Three factors influence your pet's wellbeing throughout their life: genetics, environment and nutrition. As a pet owner, the only factor under your control is nutrition.
Have you noticed your adult pet putting on a bit of weight? Experience tells us that most people can’t tell at first if their dog or cat has put on weight. Yet, according to statistics, one cat in five is overweight. And eight out of one hundred is actually obese.
You might think that they look cute and cuddly like that, but as with humans, excess weight in your pet can result in all kinds of health problems. Therefore, your vet won’t take this “lightly”, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Knowing your pet’s favourite meals means you can please them when you need to, but don’t hesitate to ask your vet for advice on the type of food and diet that would be best for their wellbeing, health and lifestyle. An active pet doesn’t have the same diet as one that leads a more sedentary lifestyle. Once you consult with your vet, ask questions on recommended meal quantity, frequency and get the facts on the latest food fad. No doubt your vet will discuss the different ways you can make meal time a proper, but not boring, routine for your dog, cat, ferret, or bird.