As a pet owner, nutrition is one of the essential elements you need to be aware of to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. We have received several questions about pet food and diets. Read on to learn more about pet nutrition from our team at Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati.
How Much Should I Feed My Pet?
The amount of food you give your pet varies depending on the animal's age, weight, activity level, and other factors. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Puppies and kittens need more food per pound of body weight than an adult dog or cat. They should be fed three to four times a day.
- Adult dogs can be fed once or twice daily and vary based on breed.
- Cats should be fed 2 to 3 times a day. Kittens need more frequent meals than adult cats.
- Senior pets may need less food because they are less active. Dog weight management can be a little tricky, so always let us help.
Should I Give My Pet Table Scraps or Human Snacks?
Sometimes we can’t resist the urge to give our pets something tasty. We eat many pet-friendly foods that you can give your pet, such as fruits, veggies, and healthy whole grains. Table scraps could be harmful, and also have the potential to create obesity and digestive problems in your pet. Avoid giving them fatty meats, dairy products, chocolate, caffeine, or alcohol as these could be toxic. It's also essential to keep your pet up to date on his vaccinations to prevent potential illnesses from table scraps.
How Can I Tell My Pet Is Getting The Right Amount of Nutrition?
One way to tell if your pet is getting the proper nutrition is by looking at his physical appearance. A healthy coat should be shiny and soft, with no bald spots. Your pet's skin should be free of sores and scabs. They should have bright, clear eyes, and their gums should be pink in color. If you notice any changes in your pet's appearance, it could be a sign that they are not getting proper nutrition.
Contact Westside Animal Hospital for More Pet Nutrition Tips
Westside Animal Hospital is here to help if you need a veterinarian in Cincinnati. We offer a wide range of quality veterinary services, including pet nutrition counseling. Call our team today at (513) 574-5000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.