MIXED FEEDING FOR PETS
Considering pets cannot verbally communicate we should ideally be more understanding and receptive to their needs, requirements and health. Over the time people have learnt that homemade food albeit fresh is not a complete & balanced meal for the pet primarily because the nutrition requirements of a pet differ from humans.
In India much like the western countries the focus on pet health & care is growing rapidly. Pets are more often taken to veterinary doctors not just when they are unwell but for overall annual health check-ups. The other big trend that is picked up is on usage of pet food for pets meal , pet parents are now more concerned about pet health & use pet food products widely available in the market.
Dr KG Umesh , Waltham Scientifc Communication Manager, Mars India suggests Mixing wet and dry foods in a well-planned diet provides better control over weight gain and has better advantages as below than feeding either only wet or dry pet foods
Home made diets (eg., Curds and Rice) contains more water ( 60- 80 %) but NOT adequate levels of Energy, Vitamins, Minerals your pet should need.
Too much energy in the home made diet can cause pets to become overweight and Poor quality feces. Feeding Pedigree dry/wet mix helps your dog to avoid surplus calories in its diet whilst ensuring complete nutrition.
Don't just think of meats as an excellent protein source: they can cause all meat syndrome if fed alone causing bone problems in addition to unacceptable smell of stools
Your dog needs a diet which delivers all his daily iron requirement. You could give him half a kilo of spinach every day: alternatively feeding him on Pedigree pouch/can will ensure he gets all the iron he needs
Cooking or preparing Mutton/Lamb meat or chicken for your dog requires right temperature balancing safety and nutrition. Meat/Ingredients is either overcooked or undercooked in our traditional cooking practices in India.
A study has been performed which shows that a typical home prepared food for adult dogs in India was deficient in calcium, potassium, vitamin D and vitamin E according to NRC guidelines.
Mixed food feeding may be beneficial to dogs which likes variety
Mixed food feeding in early life may help dogs become more accepting of different formats in later life
Mixed food feeding benefits urinary tract health in small breed dogs. Feeding 25% of the daily calories as wet food may reduce the risk of calcium oxalate stone formation in small breed dogs
Mixedfeeding may allow a greater variety of feeding behaviour.
Wet food canbe warmed up on a cold day / if dog is ill / for a change
It is easierto administer capsules / supplements to wet food than dry. Wet food is seen asa traditional pet food
Advantagesof Mixed Food Feeding
Morepreparation – the owner has to think more about their dog’s diet / meal. Owner feels good about having to prepare thedinner for the dog.
Your pet is unlikely to refuse dry pet foodwhen topped with wet food
There is alot more variety in terms of format, texture and flavour
Alladvantages of dry and wet food – good oral health, palatable and good forurinary tract health
Potentiallyreduced risk of over feeding ??
Tasty mealfor big dogs with a little bit of wet.
Feeding oneformat may encourage the dog to eat the other, i.e. if dog doesn’t like dryfood, you can add wet to encourage the dog to eat the dry food
Mixedfeeding may be perceived as feeding a more complete and balanced diet by theowner
Mixed food may encourage the dog to eat moreslowly
Providesmore choice for the dog – does he pick the kibbles out and then eat the wet
Increase the water content of dry food.