Hoppers Crossing Veterinary Clinic & Hospital
5 Barber Drive
The old adage “you are what you eat” applies just as well to pets as it does to us. For this reason, providing a good quality diet is one of the most important things we can do as owners. Some pet foods could be considered the equivalent of junk food, while home cooked diets will not be nutritionally balanced especially for growing animals. As a healthy option, a premium dry food as the main diet is both 100% nutritionally complete and provides additional health benefits to your pet. Premium dry food is designed to keep teeth clean, contains omega oils for a healthy coat as well as high quality protein and fibre for healthy muscles and bowel. Small, firm stools without flatulence is another bonus. Adhering to one good quality food, rather than varying the diet, is key to reducing tummy upsets such as vomiting and diarrhoea. The amount of premium dry food needed to feed your pet is actually much less than supermarket foods and much more economical. The daily amount will depend on the pets age, body weight and lifestyle. Less exercise as it gets cold may mean a reduction in meal size is needed – a bit like us really. It is also important to remember the things we should NOT be feeding. Cooked bones, bbq leftovers, fatty off cuts, chocolate, onions and corn cobs are common causes of serious disease in pets. An occasional large raw bone may help keep teeth clean but can harbour bacteria or cause gastroenteritis in some pets. Visit your local vet clinic to get the best advice on a diet to suit your pet! This is 4 month old Jackson who is being fed a premium puppy dry food diet.