A righteous man has regard for the life of his pet. Proverbs 12:10
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1. What type of food is best for my pet?
The main objective of diets formulated for pets is to maximize the length and quality of your pet’s life. When we recommend a diet for your pet we are taking various factors into consideration; the life stage of your pet, what activity level is your pet at, and whether there are any medical conditions to take into consideration. Puppies and Kittens need more calories as they are growing than do adults, their diets tend to be higher in fat therefore continuing to feed a puppy/kitten diet to an adult will cause them to become over weight. If you have a dog of the Working Breed or they are used as a guide dog they will need more calories than a dog that goes out to the bathroom a few times a day and is a “couch potato”. As your pet ages other factors, like kidney function need to be considered. If your pet has developed any of the diseases pertaining to heart, kidney, liver or even cancer there are diets available from your Veterinarian to help these conditions to progress slower if not improve significantly if they are treated early.
2. How frequently can I give my pet treats?
You should always refer to the package guidelines for your product of choice. Keep in mind that you should feed less of your pet’s main diet when using treats.
3. Is it okay to give my pet human food?
Although it is not recommended to feed human food, promoting unwanted behaviours like begging at the dinner table, occasional treats that we eat are okay. Keeping in mind, once again that if you are feeding these to reduce the amount of the diet feed your pet. Human foods that can be fed; cut up apples, bananas, cut up carrots, cut up green beans, cut up pears, corn (not on the cob) and watermelon in small amounts. DO NOT feed onions or garlic, grapes or raisins, chocolate, coffee/grounds/tea bags, bones, tomatoes, avocado, macadamia nuts, make sure not to feed the seeds of any fruit, raw eggs, excessive amounts of fat and bones.