What to feed your pet is a vast minefield these days, there as so many options available on the market. Rather than seeking a food specific to your pet’s breed, the 2 main factors are age (life stage) and size.
For the majority of pets we strongly recommend a dried kibble good quality complete diet. In fact these diets are not only easy to feed but cost effective too, although on first appearances you may not think so. Good quality dried kibble complete diets contain high quality ingredients, with a fixed formula, so, can be more expensive per bag but what you actually need to consider is the cost per meal. Cheaper bags of food tend not to last as long because you need to feed more, usually containing cheaper bulky ingredients. Good quality dried kibble complete diets tend to be more energy dense, and therefore you don’t need to give such a big amount.
Benefits of Kibble Food
Another big advantage of feeding such diets is they are complete with balanced nutrition. A balanced complete food will contain the correct levels of protein for lean muscle and growth, fat for a healthy coat, fibre for healthy digestion, minerals for strong teeth and bones and also vitamins to support a strong immune system. These elements will vary depending on your pet’s age and size. No matter what life stage your pet is at or size this will be taken into consideration with feeding guides. It’s important to know how much your pet weighs in order to feed an appropriate amount, your vet team will weigh your pet free of charge and help you calculate the amounts to feed of an appropriate food. Your veterinary team will deliver a personalised recommendation for your pet having considered life stage, size plus any special requirements.
For example the right food can help your cat with healthy ageing with clinically proven antioxidants, safe levels of sodium and phosphorus for kidney support, strong teeth with ‘toothbrush like’ action, weight control with healthy levels of L-carnitine as it’s a preferential fat burner helping to maintain optimum weight and controlled mineral levels maintaining healthy urine ph levels.
Puppies have varying requirements of calcium depending on their size rather than breed. Larger types have lower requirements as they’re growing for longer, where a smaller puppy will have higher calcium needs as he/she doesn’t take so long to reach adult size. Along with correct levels of minerals and omega-3 acids to support healthy bones, joints and teeth. As well as balanced vitamins for healthy coats.
Dogs that have been neutered have unique needs too. Weight gain can become a feature for some due to body changes but L-carnitine supports weight control for dogs too. Metabolism and energy levels can alter too as dogs get older, again this can be addressed by feeding the most suitable food. Different sized dogs ‘age’ at different ages so your veterinary team will include this in their recommendation.
Some pets very much have special requirements and more often than not, there’s now foods which can support your pet’s specific needs. These include kidney issues, dental disorders, those prone to weight gain, thyroid health, gastrointestinal disorders and more. These very specific diets are available in varying formats as manufacturers recognise pets with such conditions require specific dietary needs.
We, as your veterinary team are best placed to provide you with dietary advice about your pet as we know and have a full understanding of your pet’s individual requirements, plus we can easily weigh your pet for accurate feeding amount recommendations. To take advantage of Riverside Veterinary Centre’s knowledge and advice, contact us to discuss your pet’s individual dietary requirements. We have introductory vouchers for Hills foods, loyalty schemes and our prices are permanently below RRP.