A complete health and wellness plan that includes regular vet visits is an essential part of owning a pet. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs than people and other animals. A diet designed specifically for your pets will ensure they get all the nutrients they need without getting too chunky. This approach can also help reduce the risk of some health issues.
Nutrition across life stages
A nutritional diet will keep a pet happy and healthy through every stage of life. Don’t be shy about asking a vet for advice.
Dogs and cats must always have access to water. Pets on a wet diet (usually canned or pouched food) tend to drink less water than those on a dry diet (biscuits or kibbles).
The nutritional needs of dogs and cats change over time. Pet owners should consider their pets’ lifestyle—how active they are—to ensure their pets get enough food to fuel their activity. The wrong diet can seriously harm an active pet’s health, leading to unhealthy weight loss. Too much food, on the other hand, will cause weight gain and compromised health. In the United States, one in three dogs and cats is overweight, and that figure is growing.
Puppy and kitten nutrition
Kittens and puppies have different nutritional needs than adult cats and dogs. These needs depend on breed, age, and whether the animal is neutered. Puppies and kittens grow very quickly—especially with a complete and balanced diet. To grow healthy bones, puppies need at least twice as much more calcium and phosphorus than adult dogs. Switching to an adult diet too early can slow development and have long-term effects that carry on into adulthood.
Based on data gathered from tens of thousands of healthy pups, the WALTHAMTM Puppy Growth Charts can help you keep a close eye on your puppy’s growth. Has your puppy put on the right amount of weight since your last visit to the vet? Have that conversation with your veterinarian, check the charts and don’t shy away from asking all your questions.
Dog and cat treats strengthen the bond between owner and pet. They keep their mind active, help with training, and even provide health benefits, such as oral care or joint wellness. Also, they’re just plain delicious, making your furry friend a happy camper. However, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing: treats should account for no more than 10 percent of a pet’s daily calories. And no matter how much they beg, you shouldn’t give in and share your pets table scraps or human food snacks. Human food tends to be lower in nutritional value than treats designed for pets, can lead to rapid weight gain, and could even be harmful or toxic.