2013-01-26

Proper Feeding An Essential Part Of Respsonsible Pet Ownership

There are a growing number of pet owners in the Philippines. As such, the Pet Food Institute (PFI), the U.S. trade association for the makers of cat and dog food, has partnered with the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP) to create a campaign on pet health and responsible pet ownership called “Well-Fed, Well-Nurtured”. This campaign encourages Filipino pet owners to supervise their pets’ diet carefully and seek professional advice from veterinarians regarding the overall care of their cats and dogs.


Feeding pets the right food is a key component in ensuring pet health and wellness. Pet nutritional needs are different from the needs of people, so pets should be fed the appropriate amount and type of food, not leftovers of food for people. It is also important to feed products to the type of pet they were designed for (i.e. cat food only to cats and dog food only to dogs) because cats and dogs have different nutritional needs as well.

To further the campaign on responsible pet ownership, I am sharing with you a press release on Proper Pet Feeding

PROPER FEEDING AN ESSENTIAL PART OF RESPSONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP

Opt for Nutritionally Balanced Pet Food to Prevent Harmful Effects of Table Scraps on Pets

There are a growing number of pet owners in the Philippines. As such, the Pet Food Institute (PFI), the U.S. trade association for the makers of cat and dog food, has partnered with the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP) to create a campaign on pet health and responsible pet ownership called “Well-Fed, Well-Nurtured”. This campaign encourages Filipino pet owners to supervise their pets’ diet carefully and seek professional advice from veterinarians regarding the overall care of their cats and dogs.

Feeding pets the right food is a key component in ensuring pet health and wellness.

“Veterinarians and animal nutritionists have determined that table scraps are not balanced meals for household pets,” said Duane Ekedahl, president of PFI. “When pet owners mix leftovers into a balanced diet, they can inadvertently add extra calories, throw off the nutritional balance of the diet, and can even introduce foods that are detrimental to the pet's health.”

Pet nutritional needs are different from the needs of people, so pets should be fed the appropriate amount and type of food, not leftovers of food for people. It is also important to feed products to the type of pet they were designed for (i.e. cat food only to cats and dog food only to dogs) because cats and dogs have different nutritional needs as well.

VPAP president Dr. Gabriel Paz explained that many of the foods people eat are harmful to pets and can even be deadly, such as chocolate, onion, caffeine and alcohol. “Even if a type of human food does not contain a harmful ingredient, it may contain too much fat, salt or spices that can upset a pet’s stomach,” Dr. Paz said. “While people enjoy variety in their diet, cats and dogs actually do better on a consistent diet. Switching foods quickly can cause messy, digestive issues for pets.”When buying their pet's basic diet, pet owners should look for products marked “complete and balanced” or similarly labeled, as they are designed to provide all the nutrition a pet needs. It is important to use products as they are intended or instructed on the label such as food for special use or supplemental feeding. Make certain that the pet has plenty of water to drink and do not overfeed. If for any reason a pet owner feels that their pet is not doing well on a particular diet, he or she may want to seek help from a veterinarian or change to another product.

“Good nourishment is important, and with today's wide assortment of commercial pet foods fully formulated for all stages of pet growth, it is easy to find well-balanced meals for pets,” adds Ekedahl.

Complete and balanced commercial pet food has been hailed as one of the 20th century’s revolutionary inventions that have resulted in longer, healthier lives for pet cats and dogs in conjunction with regular veterinary care.

Decades of research have been conducted in the area of canine and feline nutrition, resulting in the carefully formulated products found in the market today that are designed to meet all the complex nutritional needs of cats and dogs. With just a small can of food or scoop of kibble, pet owners are able to fulfill all the nutritional needs of their family cats or dogs.

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