Our friends at Oscar Pet Foods Berkshire love educating us dog and cat owners here in Newbury, so here’s their latest advice on spotting the signs of an imbalanced diet, and finding out what you can do about it.
The signs of an imbalanced or poor diet can manifest themselves in a number of ways. You should remember that if an animal is under or overweight, it’s either getting too much, or not enough nutrients.
A good balanced diet actually starts before the puppy or kitten has even been born. Poor diet fed to a pregnant mother can, for example, compromise the skeletal development of the youngsters, potentially leading to orthopaedic issues later in life.
An imbalance of nutrients can cause, for example, the heart condition myocarditis if the diet is deficient in a certain mineral and/or has vitamin deficiencies
Obesity, especially in older dogs whose exercise regime decreases, can lead onto problems such as:
- Skin & respiratory disorders
- Renal dysfunction
- Increased risk of diabetes and some cancers
- Reduces longevity and quality of life
Malnutrition can lead to:
- Poor overall body condition
- Dull coat, flaky, itchy and sore skin
- Teeth and gums are in poor health, there is a build-le-up of plaque, bad breath and even swollen gums
- Faeces ranges from diarrhoea to constipation, large in volume and smelly
Some behavioural problems can also be attributed to a poor or imbalanced diet, for example:
- Unexplained aggression
- Mood swings
- Activity levels ranging from being lethargic to hyperactivity.
DID YOU KNOW that proper dental care is one of the most overlooked areas of pet health?
DID YOU ALSO KNOW that lack of proper dental care can lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease? This is because harmful bacteria from the mouth can find its way into the blood stream.
If you would like more information, or are interested in a nutritional assessment for your pet then please call us or send Racso a message at www.askracso.co.uk/contact.
Alan and Julie Parry
P: 01235 759 237 / 07914 015 719