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Nutrition

The most important thing you do for your dog, cat or rabbit is choosing the correct diet.  

Like humans, dogs and cats have specific nutritional requirements depending on breed, age, lifestyle and health. Getting the balance right is of utmost importance. To help pets lead a healthy, happy and active life for as long as possible, their diet needs to achieve the right balance of the six major groups of nutrients: water, protein, fats/oils, vitamins, minerals and, for dogs, carbohydrates. Did you know that a dog actually has to obtain 37 different essential nutrients through food alone?

Unless your pet is pregnant or nursing or  suffering from a particular medical condition, there is no reason to upset the nutrient balance that is appropriate for their body size from the early days of adulthood until they reach 'senior' status. The age at which your pet becomes a senior citizen will vary depending on their body size.

Dogs have different nutritional needs from humans and cats. Dogs are classified as omnivores and although they don’t have a necessary requirement for carbohydrates in their diet, they are an important source of energy and contribute greatly to overall gut health. Ideally dogs need a combination of meat, cereals and vegetables in the correct proportions to obtain a nutritionally balanced meal.

Cats  on the other hand are carnivorous and mainly get their requirements through meat and fat.

Dry food is far more hygienic and can be left out for longer than wet foods which will be contaminated with bacteria within an hour. Dry foods also help with oral hygiene and teeth cleaning. Dry foods are far better value for money. For example a can of cat food can be up to 78% water and only 4% meat! In summer flies commonly lay eggs on wet food. As long as there is free access to water, dry is best.

We only stock one diet line and that is Veterinary HPM by Virbac. We have chosen Veterinary Hyperpremium because, for many reasons, we believe it is better than any other commercially available diet in the UK including all Supermarket and Petshop Foods. You can read more about it on the HPM page here.

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