Advice from our home visit vets
Gaining dietary advice and understanding whether your pet is the correct weight for their breed is an important part of being a pet owner. Before changing your dog’s diet, you should book an appointment with a vet to ensure it will suit your pet. Luckily, you can now book an appointment in the comfort of your own home using The Roaming Vet.
What should I feed my dog or cat?
This is a common question we are asked by our clients. There are so many different types and brands of food available that choosing the right diet for your pet to ensure their health and wellbeing can be overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is that the diet you select should be complete, providing your dog with the vital requirements. However, the ultimate decision on type of food does come down to some personal preferences.
Complete dry foods come in the form of bags of kibble. These diets are nutritionally balanced and consistent in their nutritional value. Kibble is easy to feed and consistently gives the same amount of calories. Higher quality dry feeds are often more expensive per bag but contain less bulking agents and therefore require you to feed less. Your pet does not need anything additional to this complete dry food.
Wet complete foods come in the form of tins, trays or pouches. Some pets prefer the texture of these foods. Though nutritionally complete, it is important to remember that a pet will need a higher quantity of wet food vs dry kibble as a large proportion of the food is water. Generally, dry food is preferred for dental health.
Home made diet
Home made diets can be popular with some owners that have the time to prepare meals for their pets, bare in mind though that it is extremely difficult to provide a complete balanced diet using home cooked food alone, particularly in cats who have an absolute requirement for taurine. This becomes more of a problem if sick or growing animals are fed just home cooked diets as they have an increased nutritional requirement and failure to provide this can be harmful.
Raw feeding is becoming more and more popular and thought of as closer to a natural diet with some claimed health benefits that are yet to be scientifically proven. Most of the health concerns associated with raw feeding are linked to owner’s feeding bones and these becoming lodged in the throat or intestines. Furthermore, regular worming and food hygiene are vital to protecting your pet and the people sharing their homes as worms and bacteria such as salmonella and campylobacter have not been killed by cooking.
Fortunately, many food companies are now providing nutritionally balanced raw food portions in the form of minced trays which have usually been frozen to reduce the risks of parasites and bacterial infections. These also usually contain minced bone within the meal, negating the requirement for feeding of whole bones.
Be cautious about buying complementary feeds, some dry food and wet foods are not nutritionally complete and should state complementary on the packaging. It is not appropriate to feed these as sole foods as they will not contain everything your dog needs.
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