AAFCO is the government body that regulates pet food. They have recommended testing that should be performed on the food before you feed it to your pet. All pet food is required to have an AAFCO statement on the food. You need to be reading this when you select your pet food. You are looking for "AAFCO testing" and what life stage is in the stamen. Please note: if it says "all life stages," pregnancy and lactation are considered the most important life stages and a senior dog (over 7 years old) should not be eating a diet for pregnant mothers. Senior dogs should be eating a senior dog food. Dr. Sara would love to help you select the food that is right for your fur kid.
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT way you can help your pet live a long and healthy life!!
We recommend cooked diets. Raw diets may be associated with dental fractures, bacterial and parasitic infections and other health concerns. Raw diets can have the same effect on a pet as they do on a human.
Iti all depends on the brand of food and pet. All foods have a recommended feeding guide. Typically you will need to feed 80% of what is recommended to keep your pet from gaining weight. Pet food companies are in the business of selling dog food and they recommend feeding more than your pet may need in order to get you to go to the store and buy another bag of food.
Let's see how much they weigh and their size, and discuss this with Dr. Sara! If you are suspicious your pet is overweight, see if you can you see a waist line or feel your pets' ribs? If not, make an appointment with us to take a closer look.
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You know them best. What do you think? If they aren't feeling well or they're in pain, your pet may lay around more, breathe more rapidly than normal, not want to eat, hide from you or other people. Sometimes they have accidents in the house when you know they are potty trained. If you suspect something, make an appointment and let Dr. Sara take a closer look.