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Many pet owners are under the impression that since they make food-related decisions for themselves, that there is no need to seek expert advice when it comes to feeding their pet. Providing a pet with a home-prepared diet that meet its needs is not easy, and either the need to, or personal preference to, feed a home-prepared diet to a pet means that some consideration will have to be given to providing a “balanced” diet, meaning one that meets all of the pet’s nutritional requirements without excess. A balanced diet for a dog or cat provides approximately 40 different nutrients in specific quantities. The consequences of feeding an unbalanced diet are variable depending on the life stage of the pet, the degree and duration of deficiency or excess, and the specific nutrient deficiencies. This presentation emphasizes potential pitfalls of home-prepared diets and how they can be avoided to safely provide appropriate nutrition while filling the need to, or desire to, provide pets with a home-prepared diet.
Sponsor:Tawzer Dog LLC
Speaker(s):Amy Farcas, DVM, MS, DACVN