Diet Reviews at PetmaniaPetmania Pet Care Advisor
When it comes to choosing food, every pet owner wants the best for their four legged friend. It can often be overwhelming trying to find the right food, especially if your dog or cat has varying nutritional needs, or is coming into a new lifestage. Researching different ingredients and reading lots of labels can become a formidable task, so how do you find the right option?
Here at Petmania, we offer FREE diet reviews for your dog or cat no matter what lifestage they’re at. Whether it’s a question on your pet’s choice of food, the ingredients, or whether they should switch to a Weight Control food, our expert Pet Care Advisors are on hand to ensure your pet gets only the best.
Why are Diet Reviews Important?
There are many factors that go into choosing the right food for your dog and cat. As your pet grows throughout the years, one recipe that suited him when he was a puppy/kitten might not anymore now that he’s adult. One recipe might fit a particular type of breed, but might not suit another breed at all. Reviewing your pet’s diet every so often helps ensure you are keeping track of your pet’s health status and guaranteeing your four legged friend is getting the most out of what he eats.
Choosing The Right Food
Choosing a food for your dog or cat will need some careful consideration, such as…
1.Your Pet’s Age
Whatever the age of your pet, we recommend that you choose a food that has been especially developed for their lifestage. Puppies and kittens need lots of nutrients to support development and growth. Once your pet starts to enter their senior years, their metabolism start to slow, as will their activity level. They will also be more prone to aging related weight gain and other issues, so will require a diet that will support their aging muscles and joints, as well as offering a lower calorie count.
2. Activity Levels
An active dog or cat will need significantly more energy (calories) than on that is less active, so your pet’s diet should take account of his daily activity and how much food he needs to sustain and support his active lifestyle.
An outdoor cat for example, can require up to 40% more calories in his daily meal plan than an indoor cat! Choose a food that has been formulated to support the lifestyle of your pet. Most brands offer an option for more active pets, and our team are on hand in-store should you need help choosing the right food for your dog or cat.
Neutering is recognised as a contributory factor in unwanted weight gain for dogs and cats. If your dog or cat has been spayed, they may need a food that has been formulated to support them after surgery, as their body adjusts to the change. Choose a food that has been developed for neutered or spayed pets.
4. Sensitivities Your Pet May Have
If your pet has sensitive skin or his tummy is easily upset, choosing a hypoallergenic or grain free food may help. We carry a range of options for both dogs and cats that have specific dietary needs, and our team are on-hand to help you navigate through the options should you need us.
5. Size and Breed of Your Pet
For both dogs and cats, breed and size will be critical factor in choosing their food. Larger dog breeds will need a food which will support their long limbs and joints, while smaller breeds will need a smaller kibble and fewer calories. Most brands of dog food will have a “large breed” and a “small breed” option, while brands like Royal Canin offer a breed specific diet range for both dogs and cats
Got a Question?
If you have any queries or questions regarding dog food or your pet’s diet, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our Pet Care Team will be happy to assist you. We’re experts on all things petcare-related, and we’d love the opportunity to assist you and your furry friend to whatever nutritional advice you may need.
When you are ready to make the change, our Pet Care Advisors are available to help you choose the best food for your beloved four legged friend!