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Pet Nutrition And Health

May 1, 2008
We know that you want your pet to be happy and healthy. We know that you will do anything to make sure they stay that way. One of the most important things you can do to make sure your pet lives a long and happy life is to watch and care for its nutrition. The thing that makes pet nutrition so difficult to understand is the wide variety of nutritional products on the market; if you are at all confused about your pet's nutritional needs you should consult your veterinarian.

Because of the wellness age that we're now in the middle of you'll be also be able to get help for people that specialize in pet nutrition which might not be the specialty of your vet. Some vets have a lot of insight and knowledge into pet nutrition but others do not. Ask your vet what their educational background is when it comes to nutrition.

Consider Your Pet's Age

Different age pets have different nutritional requirements. Most pet food manufacturers make it easy to make sure your pet's age nutrients are covered; they have designed foods for each of your pet's stages of development. All you have to do is make sure you pick up the right bag of food while you are at the pet store. One of the biggest nutritional differences between young pets and old pets is the amount of protein they need. A young pet that is still growing needs more protein then an old pet.

One thing that might seem a bit odd is that nutritional products for pet are often a lot healthier than most human sources of food. We're actually treating our pets better that most of us treat ourselves.

Taking Medical Conditions into Consideration

If you have a pet that has a special medical condition such as chronic urinary infections or a heart problem, you will have to take extra care with its nutrition. We recommend that you seek the assistance of your pet's veterinarian when you are trying to determine a balanced menu for your family pet. Your veterinarian will be able to give you a list of foods that your pet will be able to safely eat. They will also give you a list of foods and treats that will be detrimental to your pets overall health.

You might even be able to have your pet's nutritionist work together with your vet if they aren't the same person. That will help you maximize the results.

Changing Your Pet's Nutrition

There are times in your pet's life when you will have to change your pet's food. Some pets are so into their food that they don't seem to notice the change in food. Other pets notice the change and refuse to eat. If you need to change your finicky eaters' food, we recommend that you do so gradually. We suggest you start mixing the two types of food together, start with just a small amount of the new pet food and increase the amount with each feeding. After a few days, the pet will be eating the new food.
About the Author
For more information about pet health and how you can have pet insurance pay for the coverage if your pet gets ill, be sure to check out the authors site at PetInsurancePro.com .
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