Diet and Nutrition Advice

Every dog deserves good balanced diet. Here at K9Vets, we will make sure your dog is getting everything that they need.

Under feeding: Like overfeeding, underfeeding also has many associated complication. If you underfeed your dog they can become malnourished and can be at risk for:

  • Arthritis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Liver and kidney failure
  • Cancer
  • Immune deficiency

Over feeding: First, it is vital that you understand the health problems associated with overfeeding your dog. If you overfeed your dog, they can become obese, lethargic, and will be at a much higher risk for:

  • Diabetes
  • Joint issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer

Feeding FAQ’s:

Your dog should have access to fresh, clean drinking water 24/7. Without water, your dog may become seriously ill within hours.

This depends on many factors such as; age, life stage, requirement and health. Having said that, you should feed your dog at least once a day, unless otherwise advised by your vet. Puppies on the other hand can be fed up to 4 times a day until they are 16 weeks old.

Most human foods will lack in nutrition compared to a specific dog food and a lot of foods can be toxic to our pets; please see our list of poisonous foods for further information. Having said that, there are a few human foods that can be given as treats including; Carrots, Watermelon, Blueberries and apples to name a few.

Here at K9Vets, we have a breadth of specialist diets to support healthy weight management. Book in for a consultation ‘here’ to discuss a plan with one of our vets.

Diet can play a huge part in the management or treatment of your dog’s illness/ disease. Therefore, we may recommend that you change their diet during the treatment or recovery period. You should always consult your vet before making any big changes to your pet’s diet.

Yes, overfeeding is not only an aesthetic problem but there are also serious health issues that can arise due to overfeeding; Diabetes, Joint issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, Heart disease, Hypertension, Liver disease and Cancer.

Poisonous or hazardous foods for dogs:-

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Onions, garlic, and chives
  • Alcohol
  • Mouldy foods
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Bones
  • Corn on the cob

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