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MAKING PET FOODS AT HOME

(source Small Animal Clinical Nutrition by Hand et al)

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

  1. Some clients often do not understand the information on pet food labels and generally do not like what they see in the ingredient lists.
  2. Some owners want to cook for their pets.
  3. Some may feed young or sick dogs or cats from the table only to realize later that the pet will not eat commercially prepared foods.
  4. Most published homemade recipes are crudely balanced using computer assimilation of average food nutrient contents. The palatability, digestibility and safety of these recipes has not been adequately tested.
  5. Most common errors when making homemade food is substituting or omitting ingredients because of personal preference. Omitting vitamin mineral supplement is another common error.
  6. Noting the patient’s weight, condition and activity level and considering the results of laboratory tests and physical examination of the eyes and skin.
  7. Best recommendation for clients who do home feed is to bring the pet in for regular checkups (2-3 times per year).
  8. It is better to provide a well designed homemade recipe rather than using a breeders or their own well intentioned formulation which often has deficiencies and excesses.

 

Some common reasons pet owners prefer to use homemade foods are:-

  1. Wish to use ingredients that are fresh, wild grown, organic or natural
  2. Wish to avoid additives that are present in some commercial pet foods
  3. To avoid contaminants thought to be in prepared foods.
  4. Are concerned that the ingredient list of chemicals.
  5. Fear an ingredient in commercial food.
  6. Wish to maintain adequate food intake in a finicky pet through exceptional palatability
  7. Personal desire to cook for their pet.
  8. Pet is addicted to table foods or single item foods
  9. Wish to feed major quantities of an ingredient not found in commercial foods
  10. Hope to construct a nutritional profile for dietary management of a disease for which no commercial food is available.
  11. Hope to restrict allergens during an elimination trial or long term feeding of animals with adverse reactions to food
  12. Wish to support a sick or terminally ill animal through home cooking and hand feeding
  13. Wish to provide food variety as a defense against malnutrition, or because of the popular idea that pets need variety.
  14. Wish to lower feeding costs by using significant quantities of table food and leftovers
  15. Wish to feed a pet according to human nutritional guidelines.

 

Some of the nutritional risk factors that you maybe subjecting your pet to are:-

  1. Excessive fat and energy intake
    1. Developmental orthopaedic disease
    2. Obesity
  2. Excessive calcium intake
    1. Developmental orthopaedic disease
  3. Excessive phosphorus intake
    1. Progression of renal disease
  4. Excessive sodium chloride intake
    1. Progression of renal disease
    2. Hypertension
  5. Excessive protein intake
    1. Progression of renal disease
  6. Excessive magnesium intake
    1. Feline struvite urolithiasis

 

In the event that your pet is showing signs of discomfort or is not its usual self we do recommended that your present your pet to us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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