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January is Pet Weight Loss and Nutrition Awareness Month
January brings lower energy output for many pets because of inclement weather. This can turn into weight gain for normally active animals. How can you keep your pet at a healthy weight without feeling that you are starving them?
Join us at Burnaby New West Animal Hospital for Weight Loss and Nutrition Awareness Month.
Did you know there are pet foods that can help your pet feel full with less food?
There are also treatment programs to help you to help your pet lose weight.
Nutritional Advice For Your Dog
Good nutrition forms the basis for good health. Today, more than ever, concerned pet owners want the best nutrition for there pets, but are bombarded with so much conflicting information. We have put this info together, trying to be unbiased, in the hopes that it will help you to make the best decisions for your dog(s).
In dogs, the most important health issues that are strongly influenced by diet are as follows:
- Obesity – by far the number one concern!
- Hip dysplasia and other growing dog diseases
- Dental disease
- Chronic Kidney disease
We’ll try to focus on the prevention of these diseases as we talk about nutrition.
Raw Food Diets - Are They "More Natural" or Dangerous?
Raw food diets are an attempt to mimic a ‘more natural’ diet for dogs, one that is supposedly similar to a wolf’s diet. Raw food diet is still somewhat controversial among veterinarians, breeders, dog owners and other authorities. While dogs may have been wild carnivores in the past, that was a long time ago and it does not necessarily follow that the diet of a modern dog should be identical or even similar to that of their ancestors.
Common sense would suggest that a diet close to what would be consumed in nature is healthier for any animal than the alternatives, and the experiences and reports of dog owners who have put their animals on raw food diets seems to verify this assumption.
"Baby, it's cold outside!"
According to the weather reports, it seems metro Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam will experience colder than usual temperatures again this winter. And while these temperatures are nothing close to what people experience in the prairie or eastern provinces, it definitely cold to us! And for our pets. Cold weather can be difficult because cats and dogs cannot “instantly” grow more fur. To help your pets get throught the cold weather, and stay healthy, here are some winter-proofing tips for pet owners.
Is your pet outdoors most of the day?
If your cat or dog spends most of their day outside, then they need protection – an insulated place just large enough so that he can curl up to keep warm. For the Pacific Northwest, this means protection from ALL the elements – rain, snow, wind and sun – because we do experience all of these, sometimes within one 24 hour period! This is especially important when temperatures dip quickly as they have here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver this past week – ensuring that your pet has shelter for the day will ensure they are warm.
My cats are ALWAYS asking for food. But right now, it’s urgent. MEEEEOOOOOWWWWW!!!!! And that is because they are outdoors burning calories keeping warm. At times like this it is ok to give them extra food to cover the extra energy they need to keep warm outdoors. If you’re not sure how much – contact the staff at Burnaby New West Animal Hospital, Highlands Animal Hospital or West End Veterinary Clinic to ask them. They’ll be happy to help.
Remember that when the weather warms up, you’ll need to cut back to the normal amount of food.