Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Top 5 Reasons Your Pet Needs a New Diet


Pet parents are very into their pets nutrition and for good reason. Nutrition is essential for life and regardless of if it is a cat, dog or even human feeding the best diet will help them live a long healthy life.

If your pet has been on food for years why would you consider changing it?

Here are the top 5 reasons your pet needs a new diet.

Different life stage

Kittens have different nutritional requirements than Adult cats and different for even senior cats. The same with dogs and puppies. There is no one diet that fits every life stage. This is why the diets are all life stages aren’t the best. It is just supplying support for one life stage.

Overweight or obese animals

If your pet is overweight or obese it is time for a new diet. Your veterinarian can give you a prescription diet which would be best and the most effective way for your pet to lose weight. Your veterinarian can also provide you with exactly how much to feed your pet so you don’t overfeed them.

A scratching dog or cat

Pets can have food allergies, while it is rarer then environmental it is possible. The best food for a food trial is a prescription diet but if you wanted to try an over the counter food a sensitive skin diet would be ideal. If you are using a sensitive skin diet remember while it may help with your pet’s skin it is not truly hypoallergenic. This means they can still have issues.  

Medical conditions

There are a few different medical conditions that require a change in diet. Your veterinarian will discuss what diets are best in certain situations and what to stay away from. Different conditions are diabetes, kidney disease, and even urinary issues.

Stomach issues

Sometimes when pets have tummy trouble a change in diet it warranted as long as the change is something approved by your veterinarian. While certain diets can help tremendously, others can hurt more. If you are thinking of changing your diet due to stomach issues always consult with your veterinarian.

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