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PET FOOD AND HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE Navigating the isles of pet foods can be a daunting task. Let The Pet-agrees take the hassle out of it for you!

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WALK INTO ANY pet store, and you'll be inundated with dozens of different types of pet food. Within one brand, you will find different flavors, kibble sizes, age recommendations, lifestyle recommendations, and more. Without your veterinarian’s advice, it can be a bit overwhelming to determine exactly what you should be feeding your pet.

LIFE STAGES

You want to pick a food that meets your pet's nutritional needs, which often involves looking for diets that are for an appropriate life stage. Growing pets need nutrients for their growing bodies, while senior dogs and cats often need special factors in their diet, such as lower levels of protein. Activity levels should also be considered when feeding your pet. Active pets need more calories than sedentary pets. If your dog spends all day outdoors with you running or hunting, you'll want to select a performance diet. But for your cat that sits on the couch all day, you’d do better to choose a calorie-restricted indoor weight management diet. Certain food companies make diets that are geared towards specific breeds. If you have one of these breeds, it can be a great way to get balanced nutrition into your pet’s meal. For example, the Royal Canin Boxer diet has taurine added for heart health, while the Royal Canin Labrador diet is designed so your pup can't woof down his food and choke.

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IF YOU NEED TO SWITCH PET FOODS, EITHER FOR HEALTH OR ECONOMIC REASONS, OR IF YOU'VE FOUND BETTER FOOD, YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE THE TRANSITION GRADUALLY.

NON-COMMERCIAL DIETS With recalls occurring constantly, you might want to home cook a diet for your pet or even feed them a raw diet. The biggest disadvantage to doing this is that it is very easy to feed a meal that isn't balanced. Always work with your veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist if you are going to prepare a diet for your pet. If feeding your pet a raw diet, you need to take special steps to keep you and your pet healthy. Practice good hygiene and always feed human-grade meats. Use care if giving bones, as these can cause obstruction or splinter in your pet's gastrointestinal tract.

food at a portion of roughly 25%. Feed this for several days before moving to a 50:50 mix of old and new food. After several more days, you will want to offer mostly new, with a small amount of old, before completing the transition with all new food. If your dog or cat develops any gastrointestinal upset, you can try backing down to the previous proportion as you might have moved too quickly. It may also mean that your pet can't handle the new food, so you should consider a different diet.

SWITCHING DIETS

Deciding what to feed your pet can be a challenge and can result in health issues if you make the wrong choice. When you take your pet in for their semi-annual or annual check-up, make sure to discuss diet with your veterinarian to ensure you're feeding something appropriate for their age and lifestyle. The Pet-agrees is owned by a trained veterinarian. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s food or diet, send us a message today! THE-INTL

If you need to switch pet foods, either for health or economic reasons, or if you've found better food, you will want to make the transition gradually. Abrupt diet changes can lead to significant health issues for your dog or cat, often causing vomiting and diarrhea, particularly in sensitive pets. When you transition between foods, you want to start with mostly the original diet, usually around 75%, and mix in the new

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HOW CAN THE PET-AGREES HELP YOU

Tarek was born in Amman, Jordan and from an early age has had a love for animals. He met his spouse in Amman and then soon embarked on an expat lifestyle that took him to Dubai, Prague, and now Copenhagen. Originally a veterinarian, Tarek reinvented himself professionally and decided to launch his own company. With The Pet-agrees, Tarek has combined his veterinary experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. The Pet-agrees cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon. www.thepetagrees.com

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