What you need to know about pet nutrition....
Just like humans, dogs and cats need a balanced diet which supplies all their basic nutritional requirements in order for them to reach their full potential. It is important that we feed them just as nature intended - carnivores; their diet should always contain animal protein.
How do I choose the best food for my pet?
Your choice for your pet’s food depends on a number of factors which include the cost, availability of the food, health issues that your pet might have, your pet’s preferences and your personal philosophies. However you should know that your choice will have a lifelong effect on the general health and well being of your pet.
Are commercially available foods safe and healthy?
Commercially available pet foods have been used successfully for many years. Most manufactures use sophisticated quality control and food safety mechanisms in the manufacturing of pet foods. This makes commercial pet foods consistent, safe and a healthy option for feeding pets.
Should I feed canned or dry food to my pet?
Dry food is by far the most popular food because of its convenience and economics. It is a blend of meat, meat-by-products, grains, fats, vitamins and minerals and contains about 90% dry matter and 10 % water. It has been proven through research that dogs fed dry food have much less tartar build up and gum diseases and less obesity problems. It also takes less dry food to satisfy a pet’s appetite because of its high caloric density. However, cats that are fed only dry food have a higher propensity of developing urinary stones due to the low water content in dry foods.
We recommend clients use both soft and dry food in order to provide some variety to your pet’s menu, as well as to benefit from their complimentary positive attributes. It is important though to check the amounts you feed in order to avoid over feeding.
Are raw pet foods better than canned or dry food?
Raw diets, both home-prepared and commercial have become popular nowadays, however the proof for their benefits is currently restricted to testimonials and not scientific observation. Raw diets pose a real risk for food-borne illness due to bacterial or parasitic contamination and may predispose pets to nutritional imbalances. The risks of feeding raw diets outweigh their purported benefits.
Should I give vitamin supplements to my Pet?
If your pet is eating a complete and balanced commercial pet food, you should not give it any vitamin supplements unless they are specifically prescribed by your veterinarian. This reduces the chances of excesses and adverse nutrient interactions. Beware, vitamins are not only essential in small doses, but can also be toxic in large amounts.
Are there foods that I should not feed to my pets?
There are many foods that are potentially toxic or may cause other serious health issues if fed to our pets. Examples include grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, unbaked bread dough, chocolate, garlic, onions and foods artificially sweetened with xylitol. For a full list visit: