Erina Heights Vet Hospital Services

Nutrition

Most of us do a fair job of ensuring our pet is fed a balanced diet; but we sometimes ignore the "texture" of the diet.
Have you notice brown staining or bad breath?
Both natural and commercial diets can be at fault here. Wet or moist foods (canned, minced or diced meats) fed as a large part of the diet are particularly at fault; but dry food kibble size is often at fault also, as manufacturers tend to make the dry food too small even for the small breeds. It is generally best to avoid food labelled as "small breed".
We stock Royal Canin for its quality & extensive range. We particularly appreciate their dental dry products, and in cats our preference is for Royal Canin Feline Dental as the basic adult diet and limit wet food to one in four meals!
In dogs we appreciate the value of a spongy or cancellous type bone fed 3-4 times weekly. An ideal type is the lengthways cut sheep or beef neck bone (less fat than brisket or ribs usually).
Never give compact bone (anything cut from the leg) to your dog & supervise their initial introduction to the bone as some may attempt to swallow it whole! Avoid chicken bones/flesh as poultry is a common source of gastroenteritis in pets.
Consistently better oral hygiene & calculus prevention is seen in cats & dogs on this food regime. Remember good oral care in the younger years means less chance of kidney & heart problems in the geriatric pet.
For further information please go to our Pet Care Info pages on how to feed your cat or dog

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