Nutritional Advice

Meeting Your Pet's Essential Health Needs:

Good nutrition plays a really important part in the overall health of our pets. Feeding our pets with a perfectly balanced diet that has been developed to suit their specific life stage not only supports their immune system and helps their growth and development, but also helps keep them fit and active for longer. A perfectly balanced diet makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight and keeps their skin and coat looking good too.

 

Essential Nutrition for Each Life Stage

At Links Vet we’ve always recommended Hill’s Vet Essentials as it not only provides the essential nutrients for each life stage but has clinically proven health benefits too. Plus with its unique kibble technology it removes plaque while your cat is eating, helping to keep his teeth and gums healthy at the same time.

 

FOR CATS

 

KITTEN

Supporting the immune system from an early age and aiding healthy growth and development

 

ADULT

Supporting the vital organs and staying fit and active for longer

MATURE ADULT

Supporting the vital organs and staying fit and active for longer

FELINE KITTEN

FELINE ADULT

FELINE MATURE ADULT

    • Oral health
    • Urinary support
    • Immunity
    • Digestion
    • Skin & Coat
    • Dental
    • Urinary support
    • Weight
    • Digestion
    • Skin & Coat
    • Vital organs
    • Oral health
    • Urinary support
    • Digestion
    • Weight

 

FOR DOGS

 

PUPPY

Supporting the immune system from an early age and aiding healthy growth and development

 

ADULT

Supporting the vital organs and staying fit and active for longer

MATURE ADULT

Supporting the vital organs and staying fit and active for longer

CANINE PUPPY

CANINE ADULT

CANINE MATURE ADULT

    • Oral health
    • Vitality
    • Immunity
    • Digestion
    • Skin & Coat
    • Dental
    • Vitality
    • Weight
    • Digestion
    • Skin & Coat
    • Vital organs
    • Dental
    • Vitality
    • Digestion
    • Weight

 

FEEDING TIPS

 1. CHOOSE A FOOD THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED FOR YOUR PET'S LIFE STAGE.

The dietary needs of a rapidly developing kitten are very different from those of a mature cat so choose a food that has been developed for his age to ensure he gets the perfect balance of nutrients to meet his needs.

 

2. WEIGH THE FOOD ACCURATELY.

It’s easy to overfeed if we just guess how much to give, and a few grams extra per day can soon mount up to a weight problem which carries long term health risks. There are some very effective weight loss diets available but it is better from a health point of view to maintain a healthy weight from the beginning. Check the feeding guidelines on the pack.

 

3. AVOID THE FOODS THAT ARE DANGEROUS FOR PETS.

These include: chocolate, raisins, fruit cake, grapes and onions, dairy and other foods high in fat. It's relatively common for us to have to hospitalise an animal that has helped itself to butter or cheese with severe vomiting and diarrohea and on some occasions pancreatitis.

 

4. IT'S BEST TO AVOID TREATS.

Cats and dogs who are fed a balanced diet don’t need anything extra. If you want to use treats to help with training then it’s advisable to take some food away from their daily food ration and use this to avoid extra calories. I recommend you avoid human foods. Items that are small snacks for us are packed with calories equal to a large meal for our pets.

 

5. ALWAYS PROVIDE PLENTY FRESH WATER.

Access to sufficient clean water is vital for your pet's health.

 

6. POSITION YOUR CAT'S FOOD AND WATER BOWLS WELL AWAY FROM THE LITTER TRAY.

Cats are very particular about hygiene and they may show signs of stress (spraying and scratching or refusing to eat) if the litter tray is too close.

 

7. REMOVE UNEATEN DOG FOOD AFTER 20 MINUTES.

This helps get them into the habit of eating at set times and it also prevent the food from spoiling which is particularly important with wet food and in warm weather.

 

8. DON'T WORRY ABOUT VARIETY.

Humans need a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients we need. But high quality pet food brands, such as Hill’s Vet Essentials, contain all the nutrients pets need in a single food without the need to supplement with any other food.

 

9. ENCOURAGING FUSSY DOGS.

If a dog is a fussy eater you might find it helpful to give them plenty of exercise to increase his appetite. Simplicity is best so stick to one food type.

 

9. ENCOURAGING FUSSY CATS.

It’s important to encourage fussy cats to eat as being off their food for just a few days can cause serious health effects. You could try warming the food up and feeding smaller portions.

 

WHEN TO SEE THE VET

  • Skipping a meal on the odd occasion isn’t usually a cause for concern, but if your pet doesn’t eat for 24 hours you should make an appointment to see the vet.
  • Drinking too much or too little water can on occassions be a cause for concern. I always recomend that we see pets that are doing either so we can rule out any underlying conditions that require treatment.
  • If you are concerned that your pet may be overweight or underweight, then pop in at any time to be weighed, or call to book a free weight clinic appointment.
  • If you want advice on the best food to feed your pet based on his age, breed or condition.
  • If your pet has an underlying condition such as joint problems, kidney disease, heart disease, gatrointestinal issues, then please make an appointment to discuss how diet can help your pet.