Pet Info

Feeding Pets

It is important that your puppy or kitten receives a high quality nutritious diet that will allow it to grow up to be strong and healthy. The diet must have a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

A correct diet can be assured by feeding commercial foods- preferably dry. Supplement this with vegetables, pasta, rice, and cereal grains and fresh meat.

Introducing a new diet

It is common for a sudden change in diet to cause diarrhoea. Introduce new foods (to what the breeder has been feeding until now) slowly over a few days to allow the intestines and good bacteria time to adjust.

Before 12 weeks of age, start introducing a high quality commercial puppy or kitten food. Aim for a 90-95% commercial dry food diet by 12 weeks of age.

We strongly recommend Hills Vet Essentials (VE) dry food. It is fully balanced and very digestible, meaning smaller and firmer stools (easier to pick up off the lawn) and less wind (no embarrassment). The remainder of the diet can consists of fruit, vegetables and pasta/rice.

Table Scraps

Dogs and cats do not need a variety of food.  A good quality commercially prepared diet is adequate and does not need to be supplemented with human food or table scraps. Feeding table scraps or sudden changes in diet can lead to upset tummies, and a visit to the vet.

Frequency of feeding

Feed your puppy or kitten 2-3 meals per day. They only have small tummies, so don’t put too much down at one time.

Remove left over food during the day

It is important not to leave food down between meal times. It will go dry & stale and your puppy will not be hungry at meal times. Its likes working in a restaurant, if you are constantly around food and can smell it all day, you won’t feel hungry.

NOTE: Removing the food during the day also lessens the chance of attracting birds, rodents and snakes

Foods to avoid

Bones for dogs

Please do not feed raw chicken necks or wings to your pet

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Adult dogs and cats

In these modern times, pet owners usually like things to be simple and quick. No time for cooking up meat and veges for the pet. My personal recommndations for both cats and dogs are as follows:

Aim for 95-100% good quality dry food such as Hills Vet Essenetials (VE)

These are what I call premium pet foods with very high digestabilty and great taste.

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Cheaper supermarket or pet food store brands have lower digestability so more pops out the other end so to speak. Premium pet foods mean less waste, firmer stools (easier to pick up off the lawn, less gas, healthier teeth and smaller volumes to feed.

Keeping teeth clean

We recommend raw bones, rawhide chews/dental sticks and dry foods to keep teeth and gums healthy. My favourite for medium to large dogs are brisket bones (mutton flaps). They are a bit fatty so don't feed too much of the normal diet on the same day. If you need low fat bones, try roo tails.

For extra large dog breeds, go for shank or marrow bones.

Only feed raw bones to pets- the stomach acids can digest them whereas cooked bones come out the other end the same way they were swallowed; hence lots of constipated dogs on Monday after eating the Bar B Q leftovers.