Feed pets' dietary needs

Feed pets' dietary needs

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Aug 01, 2006

Q Clients often ask me what they should feed their pets. What should I say?


Karen Sabatini
Start by asking more about the pet, says Karen Sabatini, a Firstline Editorial Advisory Board member and a receptionist at Ardmore Animal Hospital in Ardmore, Pa. "Is their pet a picky eater, a free-fed cat, or a retriever whose favorite pastime is eating? Once you know what they're looking for, try to steer them toward the appropriate premium food." Some clients may express concerns about the cost of a high-quality food, so Sabatini says she tells clients that you often feed less of a premium diet. Then she explains how the right foods can decrease stool production, improve pets' activity levels, and lead to healthier skin and coats. "The correct diet is very important," Sabatini says. "Good nutrition can help pets live healthier lives."

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