The nutritious needs of a pet differ according to its stage of life, level of activity, sizeand breed.
The basis for a aproper development is put from a young age so as a proper diet constitutes a lifestyle that helps its physical development and longevity.
The nutrition advice that is presented aims to provide useful information in teaching your pets how to eat properly, so as to have health and wellness during their lifetime.
The right change of your pet’s food
Sudden changes in your pet’s nutrition habits can cause digestive disorders.
For this reason, it is recommended in order to adjust to the new food, mixing it up with the regular food in every meal and gradually increase the quantity of new food. Usually, a change in food is completed in three to four days and it should be carried in phases: for example, in the first day ratio of regular to new food 75%/25%, second day 50% , 52% and so on.
If you note during the first days that your pet chooses one of the two, that is a frequent occurrence and you should not be worried.
Always provide plenty of fresh water to your pet
Dry food contains usually less than 10% water, while an equivalent percentage of water in canned food amounts over 75%. Therefore, your pet needs more water and all of LAKY dry aliments should be served with plenty of clear cool water that is placed in a specific container.
Moreover, a usual practice in younger age is to combine milk with dry food and in a little older age mixing it up with some broth. Particular attention is required regarding adequacy and appropriatenes of water during summer months while water and container should be renewed/cleaned often so as to avoid germ growth and infections.
Be careful of the quantities of food your pet consumes
Every food packaging has information about the average amount that a dog or cat should receive that are indicative and there is a possibility that this is not absolutely compatible with your pe’s needs. So, it is necessary to monitor regularly your pet’s weight and adjust the quantity of food accordingly. When gaining weight, toy should reduce the quantity of food, after visiting your veterinary.
Special attention has to be placed to pets that do not exercise regularly like husky dogs, cats as well as elderly animals.
Nutriment should be given daily, shared in meals-usually two to three meals are enough in order to avoid one meal or quantity for two or three days.
Proper storage of food
The right preservation of food is crucial so as nutrients that are indispensable for your pet are not altered. In general, direct sun exposure of the aliment has to be avoided, the storage space should be shady, cool and clean, you must not keep stock for a long period of timeand the packages should be sealed after every use and inspected regularly.
Do not feed with leftovers or raw products
A pet’s digestive system differs from a human’s and that means that what is nutritional for you, there is high possibility to be harmful for your pet’s health. The consumption of human’s leftovers, especially sauces, cooked oil, salt and spices, cause digestive disorders or allergies, weight gain while raw or half-cooked meat are highly iappropriate for your pet.
Hair as a “health indicator”
A pet’s hair, apart from giving a good look and protection from the cold, constitutes a “health indicator”for its physical condition and is highly affected by the aliment consumed.
Dogs should be brushed and washed regularly in order to have healthy and clean hair.
Food residues after every meal is the main cause of dental diseases such as dental calculus, caries as well as dental fractures mainly caused after biting hard objects.
Dental hygiene is important for a dog so as to the diseases above are prevented.
Contemporary studies and researches about the most frequent pet diseases have shown that 52% of the dog popoulation are overweight, while the equivalent percentage for cats is 47%.
The extra weight is difficult to be “diagnosed” even from the dog owner because it is gradually gained and in along period of time results in agradual bodily change without realising any alteration.
Pets with reduced activity that eat cooked leftovera and various titbits, that have a reduced metabolism and have been neutered are more likely to be overweight.
Balanced diet and exercise is the best solution to maintain an ideal weight level.
In case your pet is overweight and needs to lose weight, consult your veterinary before you proceed to any diet.
In general, regular exercise, either regular wals or as part of a “game” with various activities, food reduction based on breed, avoiding food rich in fat and special diets contrbute significantly in weight loss.
Unecessary use of food supplements
All LAKY aliments contain all the nutrients that your pet needs including vitamins and micronutrients. Most of the time, reception of supplements may have the opposite effect as the function of the pet’s body is disturbed and the balance of the main aliment’s nutrients is altered.
Supplements should be granted only in cases where a particular problem is ascertained or when there is a specific need and after taking advice from an expert.