At Vets Food World, we understand that the wide range of food available can be confusing, that is why we have created a range of questions to make it easier for you to understand. From deciding which food is best for your overweight dog, which is best for your pet's stiff joints, and understanding how often, or if you should be, changing your dogs diet. If you don't find the answer you are looking for in the list below, then you can always contact our Vet who will answer your questions.
|My dog is overweight, what can I do?|
Like humans, your pet’s weight is mainly determined by a balance of diet and exercise.
If your pet is overweight the normal cause will be due to overfeeding and lack of exercise, if you think you are giving your dog the right amount of these things then consult your vet to eliminate any potential underlying problems. It would also be the ideal to get your pet weighed at the vets so you have a platform which to start from.
If it is down to diet and exercise there are many options for you to undertake to try and get your pooches weight down.
Walkies! Exercise is a great way for your dog to shed excess weight and regular walks are essential in maintaining a healthy weight.
It is important to build up your dog’s exercise routine, start with a short walk and every couple of weeks extend the walk for longer until it is happy with long walks.
Play Time! Playing with your cat or dog will raise their energy levels and keep them active, buy a toy you both can interact with.
Try to restrict your dog to one or two meals a day, either one in the evening or split one meal in to two – giving one in the morning and one in the evening. Smaller portions will aid in weight loss while still achieving all your dog’s nutritional and calorific needs for the day.
Measure all the food on kitchen scales; do not use a scoop or a cup. The weight loss food will be more effective if it is perfectly measured out.
Visit our full range of Obesity and Weight Loss foods.
|Yellow teeth and plaque build-up|
As well as regular brushing did you know you can also help maintain great oral care through the food which your pets eat? Specially designed kibble helps break down plaque build-up and with regular use can help provide long-term oral care, with supplemented brushing.
If you notice your pet’s gums are red or can smell an unpleasant odour (more than usual) coming from the mouth then a trip to the vets is recommended.
If you have a stubborn dog that won’t let you go near them with a toothbrush then you can try Pedigree Dentastix. These are a flavoursome daily treat with a unique X design to help maintain healthy teeth and reduce the risk of plaque build-up.
View our range of Dental food.
|My dog/cat has stiff joints|
As your pets get old they can start to suffer from arthritic conditions such as stiff joints and reduced mobility.
There are supplements and prescription medicines which can help, but did you know there are a range of specialist foods which can help improve your pet’s mobility.
Hills J/D food is perfect to aid against the problem of stiff joints and comes in both a dry kibble and wet tinned form. With added glucosamine and chondroitin the food actively helps treat joint and stiffness issues.
Arthritis and joint issues can also be a sign of your pet being overweight, Hills J/D Reduced Calorie helps give complete joint care while being a low fat diet food helping your dog to not put on any excess weight.
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|What do I feed my cat/dog after surgery?|
Your pet is at its most delicate point after an operation and their stomachs will be very sensitive to anything they eat.
Royal Canin Recovery and Hills I/D Recovery (ASK THE VET BEFORE USE) food are ideal for aiding the healing process after surgery by providing the essential nutrients your pet will need, without being too harsh on their stomachs.
|The puppies won’t drink the mother’s milk!|
Sometime it is not possible for dogs to receive their mother milk but luckily there is a replacement which provides the same nutrients as the mother’s natural milk.
Royal Canin Babydog Milk is perfect for digestion in puppies and can be used from birth up until weaning.
We also provide replacement milk for kittens.
|My dog struggles to chew its food|
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes all with their own individual needs, either down to their breed or specific medical conditions.
A dry kibble food designed for a large dog will be harder for a smaller dog to eat due to the size of the kibble.
The great thing about breed specific diets is that dogs/cats prone to putting on excess weight easily have their own low calorie and low in fat food helping to maintain their natural weight.
|Changing my pet’s diet|
Every pet is different, some will change over to a new food with ease, others may show signs on an initial struggle.
The most common change is the animal’s faeces may be looser on a new food range due to a difference in nutrients and ingredients; this will pass over a week or so.
Try to slowly integrate the current food with the new food gradually over a number of weeks to allow the pet’s body to get used to the composition of the new food.
If you are changing from a wet food to a dry food, start by introducing a few bits of the dry food mixed in with the wet food and continue to increase the amount of dry and decrease the amount of wet food.
|What do I feed my rabbit/guinea pig?|
They say variety is the spice of life, so when it comes to feeding your rabbit/guinea pig you need to take that in to consideration.
Try mixing up their daily diet with a range of fresh greens, kibble and fresh straw.
Chewing on straw and hay helps prevent their teeth from overgrowing and it is always advised to have a mixture of different types so that they get more variety.
Give your rabbit/guinea pig a small selection of fresh greens each day along with a small amount of dried kibble. Supreme Science Selective is a complete food providing your rabbit/guinea pig with complete nutritional cover and highly palatable taste which your pet will love!
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