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How to Remedy Pet Food Intolerances
How to Remedy Pet Food Intolerances


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Selecting the appropriate food for your pet can be an overwhelming process. You can, however, make the shopping experience much smoother with these top tips from Michele Dixon, a specialist in pet health and nutrition at pet food company Petcurean:

• Pets have different food preferences, Dixon begins. If your cat or dog isn't finishing their meal, try a different recipe and see how they react.

• Different pet ages and sizes may require variations in their food. Select food geared towards your pet's life stage, size, body condition and activity level. Various recipes are available that have been created with small or large, young or old pets in mind.

• Protein is key. "Pets need protein to thrive and survive," says Dixon. "Make sure that meat is one of the top three ingredients in any recipe you select.”

• For pets with food sensitivities, you may want to consider choosing a food specially formulated for dogs and cats with specific dietary needs.

• Grains can act as an energy source for your pet, but be sure to look for wholesome grains, such oats and quinoa, in the ingredients list.

• Although shopping for the best pet food can be a challenge, the payoff is huge when your pet is healthier and more energized.

More information is available at www.petcurean.com/food-selector/.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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