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Caring Paws - Feeding your Pet

You have probably found yourself wondering what the best option is when it comes to choosing your pet’s food. Should I cook fresh meat and vegetables for them? Is it best to use dry food or wet food? How much should I give them?

There is no simple answer to these questions. 

Commercial diets have been carefully formulated to contain the essential nutrients to meet your pet’s demands. Furthermore, there are several types of food to choose from, depending on your pet’s age, special needs, sensitivities, etc. However, some pets dislike certain textures or flavours, and thus it can be tricky to get them to eat well.

On the other hand, home-made meals can be difficult to prepare, because they need to be balanced and complete. Many pets favour meat over vegetables, so it is even more difficult to achieve a good nutrition.  Consult with your veterinarian over balanced recipes.

Alternatively, some people combine commercial food with “human food” or left-overs. This, from a health point of view, is unsafe, as many meals may contain ingredients that may be dangerous or not appropriate for pets, such as onions.

It is also important to feed your pet the right amount and to avoid caloric excess as it will turn into fat deposits.

Remember to introduce changes gradually in order to educate your pet, thus preventing any food-related disorders.

Always consult your friendly Vet for more information and advice. If you have any question to ask our Paws & Co.’s Vet please send it to

   Silvana Conillo BVSc

Vet at RSPCA – Burwood VIC

Owner of SC Veterinary Ultrasounds


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