Check the food for freshness before purchasing and only purchase as necessary. Store in a cool, dry place and make sure the pack is kept tightly closed. Discard food that has not been eaten and give fresh food daily. Make sure bowls are kept clean and hygienic. To ensure good dental health and minimal tartar build up a dry pelleted food (kibble) is recommended. Canned foods are more palatable and can be stored for longer but require extra vigilance for dental issues.
Make sure you feed the correct portions based on the ideal weight for your pet. Avoid feeding extra-large portions or allowing pets to eat as much as they want. This can lead to gastrointestinal upsets, obesity and bloat, which can be life-threatening. Stick to a regular feeding routine. This also helps to ensure regular bowel movements which makes house training easier. Puppies need to be fed more often than older dogs as they burn more calories due to their high energy.
A pet’s digestion is quite simple and can be upset quite easily by changes to their food. Avoid giving them table scraps and other human foods. This can cause issues with their digestion and result in an unbalanced diet. This may also lead to pancreas inflammation which can be fatal.
Puppies need to be fed a good quality puppy food on a regular basis (3 to 4 times per day) to ensure they are able to grow properly. They also require more calcium, protein and carbohydrates due to them being more energetic. Older dogs are generally fed once or twice a day. Stick to manufacturers recommendations. Senior dogs need a diet high in fibre and lower in fat to be healthy. Most brands also offer additives to improve and manage arthritis. Pets with special needs should be fed the recommended pet foods to improve their health and well-being. We can assist with advice on the best products to meet your pet’s nutritional needs. We can help draw up a nutritional plan for your pet to allow for a longer, healthier life.