Each stage of your pet's life requires different nutritional needs.
Puppies and kittens have much different nutritional needs than other life stages and it is important to feed them a diet that suits their needs.
During this first months, your young pet is growing and developing. Their calorie needs are much higher since they are burning more as they develop. This also means that their protein, calcium, vitamin & mineral, etc. requirements are increased as well as they grow. A puppy's diet and nutrition have a long-term impact on their overall health. Three factors influence your pet well being over their life: genetic, environment and nutrition. As their owner, the only one totally under your control is what you feed them.
Don't hesitate to ask your vet for advice on which diets would be best for their development and growth. Once you consult with your vet, ask questions on recommended meal quantity and frequency to make sure your puppy is in optimal health. No doubt your vet will discuss the different ways you can make meal time a proper, but not boring, routine for your dog or cat.
Whether your pet is young or old, you select the food you feel is best. Three factors influence your pet well being over there life: genetic, environment and nutrition. As their owner, one of those factors you can control is their nutrition.
After your pet is spayed/neutered, you should gradually change over to an adult maintenance diet, such as a dental diet. This is because their body isn't producing the same reproductive hormones and their metabolism starts to slow down. They don't need the same amount of calories that a young pet needs.
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. There are specially formulated weight loss diets that can be used to get your pets back to their ideal weight to avoid theses health issues.
Preventative diagnostic tools, such as wellness blood work and urinalysis, can spot early indicators of disease. At these early stages, we don't typically treat with medication, but an easy diet switch to one of our prescription diets, can help reduce the likelihood of them developing the disease further.
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 well-being, 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 or cat.
Just as a puppy/kitten doesn't eat the same thing as an adult pet, your senior furry friend should not be eating the same food as well.
As your pet gets older, they won't require the same calorie needs as they won't be as active. They need an increase of antioxidants and omega-3s to help their joints. They may also have started to develop underlying conditions. There are specially formulated diets specifically for senior pets to meet these needs.
If you think it is time to start switching over to a senior food, talk to one of our veterinarians and they can advise you on the best food for your pet.