Pet Food & Nutrition - Nearly all you need to know!
As pet food prices keep rising it's important to
keep in touch with reality!
Prices are going up because the raw materials are expensive
- a growing affluence in countries such as China and India
means that there are millions more dog owners wanting good
quality food, and therefore ingredients go up in price!
Finding the best price is always good, but so is seeing what the variety of pet foods out there is, because most pet shops can only stock a few brands, and big ones like Pets at Home tend to concentrate more on their own brand (understandably as they make more money from it!)
So take a look at the reviews on the site, which, although they can't be totally comprehensive, give you an idea of the kinds of dog and cat food available in the UK, and then make your choice. If you want to browse one of the bigger online stores then we've picked four of the best, but check with a couple, because some have a nasty habit of trying to persuade you the the RRP is much higher than you can get elsewhere (just to make their discount look better!)
What is a Balanced Diet?
cats, rabbits and most small animals that we keep as pets need a
combination of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals,
and water in a diet to provide the energy requirements and nutrients
to meet their daily needs for maintenance of good health, growth,
activity, and repair. This is in essence what a balanced diet will
try and attain.
What Not to Feed Your Pet
There are a number of commonly eaten foods lying around the house which are not good for our pets, and yet
still get given as treats - so let's look at a few of them, and
we'll start with the most common substance given in error as a treat.
Why do Dogs Eat Poo?
Many dogs seem prone to eating their own or other dog's poo - What can be done, because dogs can pick up parasites from eating
the faecal matter of infected animals - hookworms, tapeworms and
roundworms are common and can cause serious health problems!
A New Online Supplier - Waitrose Pet
If you're wondering what to feed your pet then take a look at the new Waitrose pet food site at Waitrosepet.com, which offers branded and Waitrose dog & cat food, accessories and treats, healthcare products including flea and tick treatments, and they offer free delivery on all orders over £30. There's also free puppy and kitten guides for first time owners
They have a nice feature where you can home in on food suitable for the particular size, type or lifestage of your pet - all helps in wading through the many different pet food choices that there are these days!
Look out for monthly offers to save up to 1/3! Shop brands including Hill's Science Plan, Pro Plan, Front Line, Lily's Kitchen and Waitrose products. Shop new treats, coats, beds and Christmas gifts. Plus, you can schedule your order for delivery at the same date of your choosing every month to receive 10% off your first order!
Dogs with Sensitive Skin or Digestion
If your dog or cat has a prolonged or
recurring period of digestive upset, or suffers from
excessive itchy skin, is constantly licking paws red raw or
has hot spots or balding patches due to excessive grooming
you need to take veterinary advice as there might be an
underlying medical condition...
Overweight Dogs and Cats
statistics show that human obesity has reached crisis point, with
around two-thirds of people living in Britain either overweight
or obese. The problem extends to our pets, one in three household
pets is now overweight, which equates to a staggering seven million
Should We Feed Our Dogs a Wolf-like Diet?
There is a current trend among some dog
owners to promote the idea that dogs should be fed a diet based upon
their wolf ancestors, based heavily upon meat with minimal amounts
of cereal or grains. And certain brands have sprung up to cater for
HowDo We Ensure Our Pets Stay Healthy?
What do we need to do to ensure
our pets live long and healthy lives - is
there more to it than choosing a good
ways to a healthy pet
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