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Is your pet getting the right kind of Nutrition?

Pets’ lifespan has been increasing over the years and this is thanks to a new quality of life philosophy in pet owners today. Dog’s lifespan today is between 10-12 years where as cats can live up to 12-18 years. Some animals can live even longer, and diet plays a big role in their longevity.

Most health problems from the past were caused by poor diet and deficiencies. Cats develop heart disease if they lack the essential amino acid taurine. Cats can also suffer from blindness if they don’t get this amino acid in their diet. Dogs suffer from deformities in bone growth if they don’t receive bioavailable calcium during their early growing stages.

The right food for their time of life

Just as babies eat different foods from adults, so puppies and kittens need different nutrients while they are still little. As they become adults, their nutritional needs change, and so too should the food they are given. Senior pets also need special food to keep them healthy, so your old dog or cat will need yet another change in diet.

Fat pets aren’t healthy pets

Isn’t it wonderful how dogs and cats still look gorgeous even when they are fat? All the same, being overweight is bad for them. They can get heart problems or diabetes, just like humans do. Unfortunately, a lot of pet foods consist of “empty calories” that make our pets fat without giving them the nutrients they really need.

Choosing a really good pet food means you may pay more than you would at the supermarket, but you will save on vet fees by keeping them healthy. It’s satisfying to know that you are doing everything you can to give your pet a good, long life with you.

Is your pet fat?

If you look at your pet from above, you should be able to see a “waist”. If you don’t, your pet is probably overweight. If it bulges outwards, they could even be obese. Ideally, you want a good amount of flesh covering the ribs, and a visible waist.

If your pet is overweight, ask yourself about its lifestyle. Are you giving it enough exercise? Just reducing food could be a bad idea if the main reason for them getting fat is a lack of exercise. If you do “free feeding”, just keeping the bowl full at all times, change to weighing out the food as the instructions on the packet suggests and having set mealtimes instead.

Here’s to a long, healthy, and happy life for both you and your fur friend!

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