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What to feed your pet? Ask the Vet!

Find the right nutrition for your pet

Finding the right food for your cat or dog is important. Food determines wellbeing just as it does for us humans.

It is important to consider different variables such as age (junior, adult, senior), breed, body composition, gender (including whether neutered or not), temperament and activity level.

Junior food is higher in protein and enriched with higher amounts of fat essential to your junior’s growth. A senior requires food which is lower in calories, due to the reduced activity level.

Most good quality pet food, chosen for life stage and breed (or dog size) should provide your dog with a nutritional balance to keep him healthy and happy.

You can choose between wet and dry food, both having their advantages. Dry food is less expensive to feed. If you want to reap the benefits of feeding a premium food, then feeding the dry version is a more economical way to do it.

Dry food is more convenient to feed as you can buy a larger quantity in one go and it takes less room to store than feeding wet food for the same number of days.

If your pet likes to graze throughout the day rather than eating their meal in one go, dry food is more appropriate to leave out.

Dry food can have some benefit in helping to keep teeth cleaner as the kibbles can have an abrasive action. Some are specially designed to work even harder by wiping the teeth clean when the animal bites into the kibble.

If your pet is a fussy eater, then a wet food might be more appealing and encourage eating. You can also warm a wet food gently to body temperature which increases its aromas further.

For older pets, a moist or semi-moist food can be easier to feed if they have dental problems.

Cats aren’t great at drinking water. For cats prone to urinary problems, feeding a wet food can help them to take in more water and so help them to urinate more often.

Many people choose to feed both, for example, giving dry food in the morning and leaving it out during the day, then giving a wet food meal at night.