If a puppy or kitten is about to join the family it is good to prepare for his arrival and set up proper management to follow him in the various stages of his life. Where to start? Surely the first thing that will make the newcomer happy will be a full bowlbut we cannot fill it with any food.
Here is below three useful tips for a healthy and balanced diet, which supports the growth of the little ones and adapts to the needs that emerge in the time of being adults and then elderly.
Offer your dog or cat a balanced diet
The food that our 4-legged friend will have to eat it will not always be the same throughout his life. The nutritional needs, in fact, vary over time and are marked by some steps that one has to face.
If at first the puppy needs a food rich in energy, vitamins and minerals able to support its growth, in a second phase it will be necessary decrease calories inside the food to avoid nutritional pathologies, first of all obesity. In a third stage, finally, the feeding must again support the animal in its old agestrengthening the components that interact with the immune system, bone metabolism, renal and brain function.
An important help is given by the your veterinarianfor the formulation of a balanced diet, and by expert companies in the sector that produce specific foods according to the age of the animal.
Getting to know your dog and cat
It can take days or weeks, but learning about your pet’s eating habits helps better manage the daily ration that we leave available.
The dog in fact, ethologically, has a tendency to finish what we put in the bowl in just one moment. It is the owner’s job divide the daily amount in three meals if it is a puppy or in two meals from when it becomes an adult. Dry or moist, the food must have one certain palatability given above all by its perfume which plays a fundamental role for an animal with a formidable sense of smell.
If, on the other hand, we have a kitten in the house, the primordial behavior should lead him to do it during the day too 15 meals of little food at a time. However, not all are the same! Some cats have lost this habit and, like dogs, they finish everything in the bowl at once without regulating the quantities at all. For this reason, knowing your cat you can leave the daily ration available or divide it into several controlled meals, so as not to run into pathologies of the digestive system.
A little help for special moments
More attention must be paid to our pets in specific moments of our and their lives. When everyday life is interrupted by a sudden event or there are simply physiological changes, nutrition can help to counteracting particularly high levels of stress. The arrival in a new home, the moment of adoption, the visit to the vet for the vaccination of the puppies, the change of feeding from a puppy / kitten food to that of an adult are just some examples of times when stress levels in the animal they can rise.
Exist supplements based on probiotics, which with their content of live microorganisms help to strengthen and rebalance the intestinal flora of the animal by acting on the symptoms caused by stress, not only in the intestine but also on the immune system. The advice, therefore, is that of use probiotics thus supporting the body’s response, with the tranquility of use both in younger subjects and in adults.
With these three simple tips you can then set up the meal plan in the best possible way of your puppy / kitten.
Remember: choose a trusted veterinarian who can accompany you in the growth of your four-legged friend, advising you correctly and answering all your questions.