Despite this, many pet owners don’t have the common knowledge that they should have when it comes to taking care of their best friend. There are plenty of questions that veterinarians get that the owner should know before even considering buying or adopting their new companion.
The following are five of the most common questions veterinarians get from new and veteran pet owners.
Do kittens and puppies need special food?
When going to the pet store or supermarket, pet owners will notice that among the wide variety of pet foods there are specialized formulas for kittens and puppies.
The pet owner will ask if it is necessary to buy kitten food rather than opt for regular pet food. This question is especially common among owners that have an adult cat and a kitten.
Kittens are at a different stage of development than adults and, as a result, have different nutritional needs.
Kittens and puppies alike require a higher caloric intake and more nutrients to help support their growth. For this reason, special formulas have been made to support healthy growth.
Kittens and puppies will need this special formula for at least a year. Puppies from larger breeds, such as labradors, need puppy food for at least a year and a half.
How do I know if my pet is overweight?
Just like humans, all animals can have obesity problems or malnourishment if they are not fed the correct diet.
Over time, an owner may notice that their pet is more sluggish or unable to jump on the couch. It is at this time the owner may ask whether or not their pet is overweight.
The best way an owner can check their pet’s weight by themselves is by feeling the pet’s spine. Most breeds of cats and dogs should have a thin layer of fat to where the vertebrae are distinguishable, but not overly apparent.
The pet may be overweight if the owner cannot feel its vertebrae. At this time, the owner should take their pet to the vet in order to address its dietary needs.
Should I feed my dog table scraps?
No matter their age, dogs are always notorious for the so-called puppy face.
Those longing eyes guilt their human into feeding the dog whatever is left on their dinner plate after finishing eating. This might lead the owner into thinking that whatever they just fed their pet may not have been so healthy.
In general, table scraps are acceptable for a dog to eat and will not cause it any immediate harm. However, habitually feeding a dog human food may cause organ problems or obesity.
There are certain foods that are especially dangerous for both cats and dogs. The most common toxic food for both cats and dogs alike is grapes and raisins. Grapes contain toxins that can cause kidney failure and should never be fed to a pet.
Can my puppy go out on walks yet?
Upon getting a new puppy, the owner will immediately want to take it out and show it off to all his or her friends and neighbors. With all this excitement, pet owners will ask if it is okay to take the puppy out.
Like human babies, newborn puppies are very susceptible to contagious diseases that other dogs might be carrying. This is because puppies still don’t have vaccines in their system to protect them from the diseases.
As tempting as it may be, the pet owner should never take their puppy out until at least 4 months after completing a vaccine regimen or as instructed by the veterinarian.
What type of food should I buy my pet?
This is by far the most common question that is given to veterinarians, and with good reason.
There are thousands of different brands of pet food on the market, ranging from organic ingredients to raw diets. This can be overwhelming for a new pet owner who wants to buy the best for their pet.
Overall, there is no best brand of pet food. However, there are many certifications and types of ingredients that a brand of pet food should have.
There is a nutritional standard set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials that all brands of pet food should meet in order to guarantee the healthiest diet. Owners should look for this certification when buying pet food.
While pet owners do everything they can to give their pets the care and attention they deserve, their health is often out of the owner’s control.
Sometimes many are not prepared for the high costs of veterinary bills if the pet suddenly gets sick. A pet owner should look into pet insurance to make sure they have the adequate funds and can care for their best friend for years to come.