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Homemade Pet Food Secrets
It is a well known fact that homemade food is always a healthier option for pets when compared to the market packed food. The increasing hazards to the health of the pets have made pet owners stick to containment of commercial pet food. The basic fundamentals of health for human beings are applicable for pets also.
The advances that have been made in veterinary medicine, the increase in the number of pet insurers, the growth in the pet food industry and the demand for animal behaviourists, personal trainers and alternative therapists suggest how greatly humans value their pets in the present day (Blacker 2004). Domestic animals still have a variety of roles (Table 1.1) but the modern world dictates a greater need for animals to be kept solely as companions. The contributory factors to this requirement are the breakdown of the family unit, a more stressful lifestyle and the fact that more people live alone. For many years pet owners have eulogized the virtues of their animals but it is only recently that scientists have been able to prove that companion animals are beneficial to human health and wellbeing.
All tack rooms have common construction features that focus on security against rodents and theft. Provide a rodent-proof floor (typically concrete) and tight construction to eliminate rodent entry (Fig. 13.11). Rodents will nest in piles of blankets or rags. They are attracted to chew on the salty sweat dried into the leather, saddle pads, and blankets. Do not provide pet food and water in the tack room because they attract rodents. The tack room needs a ceiling to seal the room from the stable environment. A lockable door should be installed whether it is consistently locked or not. For storage of highly valuable tack, security increases beyond the lockable door to include barred windows and provision to protect against intruder entry through the ceiling.
Council Regulation (EEC) N. 2377 90 as a substance that does not need an MRL level. Gaultheria procumbens should not to be used as flavoring in pet food since salicylates are toxic to dogs and cats. As cats metabolize salicylates much more slowly than other species, they are more likely to be overdosed. Use of methylsalicylate in combination with anticoagulants such as warfarin can result in adverse interactions and bleedings (Chow et al., 1989 Ramanathan, 1995 Tam et al., 1995 Yip et al., 1990).
All living cells require energy, and the more active they are the more energy they use. Individual animals have unique energy needs, which can vary, even between members of the same breed, age, sex and activity level. Breeders will recognise the scenario in which some littermates develop differently, one tending towards obesity, another on the lean side, even when they are fed exactly the same amount of food. If your clients are feeding a commercially prepared food, you should be aware that the feeding guide recommended by the manufacturer is also based on average energy needs, and therefore you may need to increase or decrease the amount you recommend to meet the individual pet's requirements. In some countries (such as those within the European Union) legislation may not allow the energy content to appear on the label of a prepared pet food however, reputable manufacturing companies can and will provide this information upon request.
Commercially available diets have undergone extensive research by vets and nutritionists at the pet food companies. They provide the best balance of nutrients combined with convenience and excellent value. There are three main types of dog and cat foods available canned foods, dry foods and semi-moist foods.
Nutrition is certainly one of the most important factors in optimal growth and many scientific studies have shown that development can be adversely affected by both under- and overnutrition. With the advent of modern commercial pet food, nutrient deficiency as a cause of developmental skeletal disease has virtually been eliminated. Today we see far more cases where the plane of nutrition has been too high because of overfeeding or oversupplementation. The main nutritional risk factors for puppies are
Once you have convinced a client that their pet requires a weight-management product, you will need to explain the key features of an ideal 'low-calorie' pet food. Essentially, the concept is very simple providing fewer calories on a daily basis than the pet requires leads to utilization of the stored body fat to provide the additional energy needed, and consequently weight loss. Most commercial pet foods contain high levels of fat fat is very easily digested and so high fat foods tend to support weight retention, even if fewer calories are fed Pet food manufacturers decrease the calorie content of a pet food by reducing the fat content of the food. The fat needs to be replaced by another, less energy-dense nutrient (remember that fat provides more than twice the calories per gram than either protein or carbohydrate). There is much debate among pet food manufacturers as to the best method of reducing the energy content of the food. There are several different methods widely used. The...
Most cats in the UK are fed canned cat food. Many of your clients may think that older cats would be reluctant to take dry food because of dental disease, which is very common in old cats - many old cats have no teeth left at all. Surprisingly, cats tolerate dry food very well, even when they have no teeth left, and many older cats prefer dry food. Some commercial senior cat foods have been developed with a softer kibble to make chewing easier.