Sometimes it can be tricky to establish what is a good, healthy and balanced diet for your pet, as this depends on all kinds of different factors. For example, what type of pet you have, the breed, the size of your pet, dietary requirements, and how much exercise they usually get each day. All of these things need to be taken into account, and furthermore, it is important that you maintain this healthy and balanced diet for your pet once it is in place.
Here at Hollybank Cattery & Kennels, we understand the importance of keeping your pet on a healthy diet, regardless of what pet you have. For each pet we board, we take into account their unique requirements and quite often follow a different diet plan for every pet we board, whether this means they type food they are fed, or the quantity that they eat. So, we thought we would share some tips with you on how to keep your pet on a healthy and balanced diet.
Do your research
If you have a dog, you should research or seek professional advice regarding what is a healthy and balanced diet for that particular breed of dog. Every breed is different and they all have different needs. Furthermore, some dogs are big and some are small, which also needs to be taken into account. For example, the diet of a small dog like a Pug, would be significantly different to that of a Labrador. Therefore you should research your breed of dog and ensure that you are feeding them the right food and the right amount.
Lay off the treats
Of course your pets should be rewarded with treats from time to time, especially as a result of good behaviour, however they should be given in moderation. Too many treats have a poor impact on your pet’s diet. Just like for us as humans, too many treats are fattening for your pets and it is unhealthy. Whilst you shouldn’t completely cut out treats from your pets diet, you should certainly limit the amount given.
Take into account how much exercise they get
Exercise is a big factor in ensuring that your pet stays healthy. The amount they exercise can also determine how much they are fed. For example, if you have a dog like a Border Collie that is regularly exercised and spends a lot of time running, they will be burning off a lot more than for example a house cat that rarely gets a lot of exercise.
The amount of exercise your pet has each day can determine the portions of food that you should give them. You must be careful not to overfeed or underfeed your pet, and ensure that your portion sizes work in line with how regularly they are exercised.
Say no to human food
Although our pets can be very persuasive – especially when they give us the puppy dog eyes – and we can be tempted to slip some of our food to them under the table, this is in fact something that should be avoided at all times. Firstly, this teaches your pet bad habits, as they will expect you to feed them from your plate all of the time. Secondly, human food can be very fattening whether you are feeding it to a dog or cat, and it actually equates to a lot more than we realise.
Furthermore, some human food can be incredibly dangerous to animals, like chocolate for example. Foods like chocolate, garlic and grapes can be toxic to dogs and cats especially, and therefore you should never feed these foods to your pet. To avoid this risk and to prevent your pet from becoming overweight, we would advise always refraining from feeding them any human food.
For more information or advice or if you would like to speak to us about pet boarding, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.