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Feeding Your Pet for Optimal Health

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Pet healthcare information about feeding your pets a proper diet to maintain optimal health.

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Feeding Your Pet for Optimal Health

  1. 1. The Animal Medical Center
  2. 2. Choose a complete and balanced diet To meet the nutritional needs of your pet, select an AAFCO “complete and balanced” diet by checking the food label for those words. The Animal Medical Center
  3. 3. Life stage feeding If you have a kitten or puppy, select a diet formulated for youngsters and a senior diet for your older pet. The Animal Medical Center
  4. 4. Over-feeding We have an epidemic of pet obesity in the United States. Feed your dog to maintain an ideal body condition. The Animal Medical Center
  5. 5. Ideal body condition in your cat Feed your cat to maintain the ideal body condition shown in the cartoon below. Your cat should have a waistline when viewed from the top and side. The Animal Medical Center
  6. 6. Raw food diets Raw food diets have human health implications. Discuss the risks of feeding a raw food diet with your veterinarian, especially if your family has children or elderly members. The Animal Medical Center
  7. 7. Cats need meat Cats are obligate carnivores and require a meat-based diet to provide the essential amino acids arginine and taurine required for feline health and well-being. Always feed your cat a meat-based diet. Feeding your cat a vegetarian diet may put his health at risk. The Animal Medical Center
  8. 8. Feed to promote dental health Scientific research has shown some foods help to maintain dental health. These foods have the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance. Find products demonstrated to improve oral health at: http://www.vohc.org/ accepted_products. htm The Animal Medical Center
  9. 9. Canned or dry? Which is better? This kitten says canned! Canned and dry are equally nutritious. The choice depends on preference. For some medical conditions, a special diet may be recommended. The Animal Medical Center
  10. 10. Changing your pet’s diet Your furry foodie may need a diet change because of her need to lose weight, medical issues being managed by a specially formulated diet, or changes in her taste preference for a particular food. The Animal Medical Center
  11. 11. Feeding a therapeutic diet Specially formulated diets facilitate management of conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease and diabetes. If your veterinarian prescribes a therapeutic diet for your pet, wait until he is feeling better before gradually changing the diet. Healthy pets accept a new diet more readily. The Animal Medical Center
  12. 12. Introduce new food slowly At first, put a small serving of the new food in a separate bowl near your pet’s regular food. Allow them to test the new food on their own schedule. Abrupt diet changes may cause gastrointestinal upset or refusal to eat a different diet. The Animal Medical Center
  13. 13. Most important of all! REMEMBER: If you need advice about feeding your pet, your veterinarian is the best source for food and feeding information. The Animal Medical Center

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