Providing the best nutrition for your pet throughout their life can not only help improve their quality of life but also help them live longer lives. Your pets have different nutritional requirements throughout their lives.

During your FREE Just for Pets Six Point Pet Health Check we can talk with you about general nutrition and weight management for your specific pet(s).

Obesity

  • Approximately 41% of Australian dogs suffer from obesity. This leads to poorer health and a shorter life. Studies show that when dogs maintain an ideal body weight, they have less disease and live almost two years longer than their overweight siblings. An overweight dog is more likely to suffer from: Diabetes; Arthritis; Heart disease; Lung disorders; High blood pressure; Immune dysfunction; Cancerous tumours.
  • About 50% of cats aged 15-25 years old are underweight. Reasons for this may include a reduced sense of smell and taste which means they eat bless; lower intestinal absorption, dental issues or may be the effect of a chronic disease such as arthritis, diabetes, digestive issues or heart disease.

Overall Nutrition

  • It’s important to find out what the right diet is for your puppy, kitten, cat or dog during that stage of life for healthy pet weight management. Depending on your pet’s size, breed, age, activity, stress level and medical history, the amount of its food and nutritional requirements will vary. Protein, fats and carbohydrates give your pet energy. Vitamins and minerals promote health and help cells and organs to do their jobs.
  • Many popular pet foods sold widely only meet the basic nutritional requirements for pets and the source of proteins and other basic nutritional requirements come from lower quality ingredients.
  • Super Premium and Premium foods are designed to meet a number of requirements in addition to the basic “just keep them alive” requirements for your pet e.g, healthy growth, dental health, weight management, joint health etc.
  • Foods safe for you are not necessarily safe for your dog – for example apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which can be fatal to dogs and chocolate can cause vomiting and high blood pressure

Importance of Water

  • Water is the most important nutritional requirement for your pet. 
  • How can you tell if your dog is dehydrated? If it is lethargic, has a fast heart rate, panting or breathing rapidly, has inelastic skin, sunken eyes and dry gums. Dehydration can lead to shock, organ failure or even death. How much water your dog should drink depends on its size, age and the type of food it eats.
  • Compared to other species, cats do not have a strong thirst. They obtain most of their water from their food. Dehydration in cats can result in kidney and bladder diseases, which are excruciatingly painful, costly to treat and sometimes fatal.

Treats

  • Treats reward your pet and help in behaviour management. Choose your treats with care however. Some premium treats provide nutritional requirements to supplement your pets food or help with dental care but too many can still lead to overweight issues. Ask our Pet Health Centre Experts for recommendations.

Exercise

  • Just like us, dogs and cats need exercise. Exercise is critical to maintaining good health, tone muscles, release endorphins that make your pet feel happy and relaxed, boost circulation, strengthen bones and help to prevent obesity.
  • Most dog breeds were originally created to perform a specific job such as tracking, hunting, retrieving, herding, guarding and rescuing. The type and amount of exercise you choose for your dog – running, fetch, walking, swimming etc – will depend on its size, weight and genetic makeup.
  • Cats need exercise just like dogs do. Cats get their exercise from day-to-day routines like walking to their food bowl and litter box, jumping onto their favourite perch, and playing.

What else do you need to be aware of to best care for your pet?

Come and visit your local Just for Pets Pet Health Centre at Pets Unleashed Morningside and we can help you review your pets nutritional requirements