In our November newsletter, we turned our thoughts to food in honor of the holidays, specifically what pets should or shouldn’t eat. You should consult with your veterinarian about the best diet for your pet, but here are a few more tips on proper pet nutrition.
Feeding a Senior Pet
As pets get older, they may slow down and start gaining weight even if their diet hasn’t changed. Senior pets can benefit from a diet that’s lower in calories, but not lower in protein, which helps them maintain muscle mass. Your veterinarian may also recommend higher levels of antioxidants, like vitamin E and beta-carotene.
Puppy and Kitty Eats
Puppies and kittens need up to twice the energy intake of adult pets. 25 or 30% of that energy should come from protein. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a pet food especially formulated for your young pet. You can also offer your pet an occasional treat, but use moderation to avoid weight gain.
Weight gain is a common problem for pets, and can cause health problems from minor joint aches and pains to diabetes. Fortunately, obesity and the issues it can cause are preventable if you watch what your pet eats. A regular wellness exam can also help track your pet’s weight and keep the pounds from creeping on.
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