There is no one diet that works for every animal. Just like you, your pet’s nutritional needs are based on many factors - including weight, age, and breed. However, within the spectrum of diet options, you should know which are the most beneficial for your pet's health.
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If you have a new puppy or kitten, I recommend they start on canned food. Canned food contains a lot of water, and has cooked ingredients making it easy to digest which is ideal in the early life stages, before the digestive enzymes are mature.
Between 4-6 months of age, the digestive system has developed to a point where you can begin to introduce a commercial raw or fresh prey diet with full transition by 6 months. If you prefer a home cooked diet, make sure it is nutritionally balanced as vitamins and minerals are very important during the adolescent development stages.
If you are planning to transition an older pet to raw food, take it slow. This is best done under the guidance of your veterinarian. Your pet has become accustomed to the composition of their old diet and a sudden change can have an adverse impact. Your veterinarian will also want incorporate your pet’s health into the equation to determine the optimal diet and transition timeline. In the case of mature to older cats, you may find their bodies will adjust to the new food easier than their minds.
There exists a wide range of healthy diet options. Only you and your veterinarian can determine which one is best for your pet. For more information on MASH services and a quick video on raw diet visit our All Our Services.