Keeping Your Pet Healthy means watching their weight!
What, how much, and when you feed your pet regardless of whether they are a dog, cat, lizard, ferret, snake, or mouse depends upon a number of factors. Their age, weight, size, breed and even any conditions they may have all play a major role in the types of food they can and can’t eat and how much. Many animals will overeat if given the opportunity, so it is important to know the amount as recommended by your veterinarian and to plan accordingly. Different types of animals can’t eat certain foods. Knowing what those foods are for your furry friend can play a huge role in their overall health and happiness.
All reputable pet food manufacturers include a feeding guide with their foods. One must remember that these guidelines provide a starting point only and that you will know within a relatively short period of time (1 to 2 weeks) if your animal is being over or under fed, simply by observing his body. He should of course not appear gaunt but his ribs should be easily felt with your fingers. Unfortunately, far too many of the animals we see are overweight which predisposes them to a number of health problems.
When you first meet your new best friend whether it’s a tiny kitten or a fully grown St. Bernard, be sure to consult with your veterinarian regarding how best to regulate their diet. It is always recommended to set them on the proper diet from the very beginning to keep them in the best health possible for as long as possible.