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Making sure your pet’s nutritional requirements are met

There are a number of essential basic nutrients for pets:

  • Water
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins

To have a happy and healthy pup or mog, you must ensure that your pet is receiving a healthy balance of all in their diet in combination with regular exercise and playtime.

An individual pet’s needs will differ dependent on the following: size and weight, age, sex, activity, current health, and whether he/she has been neutered.

Always follow a vet’s advice if you have any concerns, but we’ve compiled a few more general tips and tricks to make sure your pets nutrition stays on tip-top form. Remember; a healthy pet is a happy pet!

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Top 10 tips to ensure your pet gets the nutrition it needs

  1. Ensure your pet has fresh, clean water topped up every day.
  2. Avoid sudden changes in diet without vet advice. There is no need to buy top-of-the-line, expensive food brands if your pet is happy with his/her current food brand.
  3. It is perfectly acceptable to feed your pet a diet of just a mix of wet and dry pet food as it is formulated especially for your pet, but do remember to always check on the packet what age the food is suitable for.
  4. It’s important to stay knowledgeable about which foods are toxic to your pet. For example, chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and wild mushrooms are all toxic to both cats and dogs.
  5. Left-over bones are never safe for either cats or dogs.
  6. Some dogs have no issue digesting milk – however some dogs can be lactose intolerant. This is more common in adult dogs. Cats, on the other hand, must not be fed cow’s milk. You should instead feed your cat special lactose-reduced cat milk.
  7. Seek advice from a vet if you are thinking of feeding a dog a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet, as there are risks involved. It can be done for dogs, but it has to be done very carefully. It is riskier and widely considered as harmful to try and feed a cat either of these diets, as cats process certain nutrients differently.
  8. Cats are a LOT fussier than dogs. Simply, cats would rather starve than eat something they don’t want to. They also prefer food served at room temperature.
  9. To check your pet is receiving the right energy intake, you should be able to feel their ribs but not see them.
  10. When choosing snacks and treats, try and pick low fat options. If you feed your pet table scraps, that’s okay but try not to do it too often as they will learn to expect it and could start piling on the pounds.

Do your homework and be patient with yourself! Every single cat or dog is different, and each one will require/prefer a slightly different diet to, perhaps, your neighbour’s dog or cat of a different breed. It is all a learning process.

 

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Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

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