Keep­ing your pup a healthy weight

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - PETS - MARK KALL­MAN FROM BLUE AND WHITE VET CLINIC

Ques­tion – Is it true that pup­pies need to be roly-poly?

An­swer – Cat­e­gor­i­cally no, I can­not stress this enough.

Years of ex­ten­sive re­search proves fat pup­pies go on to de­velop hip, el­bow, shoul­der, knee and spinal dys­pla­sia.

Fat pup­pies are pre­dis­posed to de­vel­op­ing cancer and com­pli­cated metabolic and hor­moTh­ese nal prob­lems in later life.

There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son for a puppy to be fat.

There is an op­ti­mum level of nutri­tion but what hap­pens if you err on the side of cau­tion and feed too lit­tle, noth­ing hap­pens.

The puppy may be thin, it may grow slower, it may be less ac­tive and most im­por­tantly it is far less likely to de­velop prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with over­nu­tri­tion.

pup­pies eas­ily catch up and go on to de­velop nor­mally, as long as their di­ets are bal­anced.

Bal­anced di­ets are care­fully for­mu­lated by dog food spe­cial­ists.

The av­er­age per­son can­not pro­duce an ef­fec­tive bal­anced dog food at home.

Grain-free and raw food di­ets are a fad, best ig­nored and proven to be dan­ger­ous for your dog.

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