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Feed your pet the right food

Dawn Gibson
Monday, June 23, 2014

FEEDING your pets appropriately is probably one of the most important things you can do for them.

If you think about it, they only eat and drink what you give them, so maybe with some extra thought you could reduce their chances of needing a vet by making the effort to feed them better daily.

The SPCA Suva appointed a new manager, Priscilla Reddy, who for more than a year now has spent most of her time at the clinic tending to animals from all walks of life and at every stage in their lives.

And Ms Reddy's first bit of advice is to try not to feed them tinned food.

"Even though the tinned foods say they provide balanced diets for your cats and dogs, they often contain so many preservatives that are not good for animals," she said.

"If you do feed them something tinned, make sure you either mix it with some home-cooked food, or that their second meal is a cooked one and not a tinned one."

She said pups and kittens, like babies, required extra bit of attention when growing up, because they were particularly susceptible to diseases in their first couple of years.

"Fiji dogs have a very strong immune system so they're quite resistant to a lot of things, but you should try feeding them food that you eat — as long as it's not off.

"I often buy some vegetables and rice and bring it home and cook it up for my pet and it really helps their fur to remain healthy and it keeps them healthy too because generally humans eat balanced meals — and that's what you want your cats and dogs to have."

Ms Reddy said pups, when still very young, should be fed baby formula with warm water and/or warm milk.

She said the same could be applied to kittens, but it was best to allow them to get their feed from their mother's milk, as it kept them at their healthiest.

"If you can't get the baby formula, just cook some vegetables and rice and mash them up and then feed it to them."

Dogs and cats can be feed once or twice a day while kittens and pups should be fed every few hours.

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