an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in vet­eri­nary sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

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.

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