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Diet Time!

Posted: 27th January 2020

Did you know that in the UK, 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 4 dogs are overweight? This is a growing problem as many owners think their pet’s weight is fine.

Providing your pet with a balanced, healthy diet helps towards ensuring they live a long and happy life.

A balanced diet

In a similar way to humans, our pets need the right amounts of the following ingredients in their diet:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates, including fibre
  • Fats
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Water

Depending on the age and species of your pet, the amounts needed will be different. Our nurse clinics can offer a diet assessment for your pet, just call 01453 542092.

Fibre is important

Fibre comes in 2 main forms: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fibre usually passes through the gut, helping to maintain a feeling of fullness and keeping the bowel moving regularly. Soluble fibre is digested within the intestines and helps to produce other substances that nourish the gut cells and provide a fuel source for the gut bacteria.

Top tips for a healthy diet

Purchase a high-quality, ‘complete and balanced diet’, this should contain all the ingredients listed above for your pet’s needs.

When choosing food look on the packaging for the following:

  • ‘Clinically proven’
  • The country of manufacture
  • Minimal legal requirements
  • A clear source of protein (e.g. ‘Beef’ instead of ‘Animal Protein’)
  • Fixed formula
  • Contact details for enquiries/complaints
  • A money-back guarantee
  • Meets FEDIAF and local authority standards

Your pet’s weight

As well as ensuring your pet has a good quality food you need to feed them the correct quantity of food too. The food you use should have feeding guidelines on the packaging. It is best to stick to these guidelines. Please remember if you are treat training your pet these treats should come from the pet’s food allowance for the day.

We recommend regular weighing of your pet to keep their weight on track. If you would like help to get your pet to a healthy weight, please do book a nurse clinic appointment.

Diet Time!