THE question of what to feed your pet seems simple, but the truth is there is no one-size-fits-all answer. That is because there are species, breed, age and individual differences that need to be taken into consideration.
Cats are obligate carnivores and have different nutritional requirements than dogs. So while it isn’t the end of the world if your dog snaffles the cat food once in a while, or vice versa, there are serious health consequences for cats fed only dog food.
Adult pets fed puppy and kitten food may develop obesity, while puppies and kittens fed an adult diet may not get the right balance of nutrients.
Some breeds are prone to nutritional disorders. Dalmatians can suffer from bladder stones, bedlington terriers can suffer from copper storage diseases and schnauzers may be more prone to pancreatitis. Some individual animals thrive on a balanced, home-cooked diet, others do not. Some suffer from severe food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease or low-grade intestinal cancer and require special diets.
Animals with certain conditions may benefit from a prescription diet. Providing a full medical and dietary history will help your vet advise the best diet for your pet.