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The importance of a healthy diet

In nature, animals must work for their food: hunting, searching, exploring, climbing, and running. It’s a matter of survival. However, your pet simply waits for food. They depend on you. So… what do you feed them?

Dr. Dominique Rouillon, doctor of veterinary medicine at Pierre-Boucher Veterinary Hospital, highly recommends feeding your cat or dog at regular hours, most notably to help in house training. He also recommends that just one person be responsible for feeding, to avoid accidentally forgetting or even overfeeding. What’s more, food is typically used in behavioural training, to reinforce the link between human and companion. Keeping a bowl down on the floor isn’t seen as much anymore. ”It’s easy to provide animals with a sort of all-you-can-eat buffet, constantly filling their bowl; says Dr. Rouillon, but it’s not a very good idea. We recommend three meals a day for kittens and puppies, twice a day for adults, all with a specific amount of food and for a specific amount of time… let’s say fifteen to twenty minutes. Then, up comes the bowl.” What’s more, instead of a bowl, Dr. Rouillon suggests a food dispenser such as the Pipolino, which is good for the environment and stimulates your pet, both mentally and physically.

By establishing this type of routine, you are accomplishing two important things:  your pet won’t gain weight… and mealtime becomes playtime.

What do you do if you have many cats or dogs? In this case, Dr. Rousillon advises that each have their own bowl, so that quantity and type of food are selected for—and meet—particular needs. And if you feel you need to separate the animals at mealtime, go ahead. The greedy glutton won’t get in the way of the more finicky pet!

Your pet’s diet is an investment in their health. It’s preventative medicine. Visit the boutique at your veterinary clinic for advice on the diet that’s best according to your pet’s age and lifestyle, as well as ways to help them avoid becoming overweight or obese. With a general, personalized check up, a well documented health history—not to mention their advanced expertise—your vet and their team are in the best position to recommend a diet that’s optimal for your pet.

Because your pet depends on you, remember that selecting a diet is an important decision that will preserve and enhance your companion’s health and wellbeing, day after day.