Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, careful nutrition is the best way you can contribute to your pet's prolonged good health.
We strongly recommend that you:
Feed premium pet foods such as royal canin or hills science diet. Premium foods offer high-quality ingredients, are made by companies specialising in nutritional research, and show a solid track record of quality and palatability. Feeding generic pet foods may lead to obesity, irregular bowel movements, or excess intestinal gas. If you find your dog is passing gas a lot a premium food is a good way to stop it!
Make sure the food is fresh. When you purchase pet food, check for freshness and purchase only the amount necessary for your pet. Store pet food in a cool, dry place and keep it tightly closed. Discard uneaten food and always place fresh food in a clean bowl.
Feed the right amount. Ask us or check the label for how much to feed according to your pet's ideal weight (not necessarily the same as their current weight). Avoid feeding pets as much as they want or feeding a large amount at one time. Doing so can lead to obesity, gastrointestinal upset, or even bloat, a life threatening condition.
Life Cycle Feeding
Your pet's nutritional requirements will change as they age. Puppies need puppy food because it is higher in energy, calcium and protein, but feeding it to an adult dog can lead to obesity. Likewise, older pets need diets restricted in fat and supplemented with fibre for their optimum health. Many premium senior diets also contain additives to assist in the management of arthritis and can make your pet more comfortable.
Premium pet foods also categorize by breed size. This ensures the right nurtients for the right animal are given. For example large breed foods focus more on bone growth and joint mobility.
Our nurses are happy to discuss a diet specifically for your pet that will give them the optimum quality and length of life.