Corn is very rich in carbohydrates, making it a good source of energy. It is also an excellent source of quality protein to help with muscle and tissue growth, and has fatty acids essential for healthy skin and coat. Corn is no more an allergy source than any other grain and it is a key ingredient in most pet food. Uncooked, it does not digest well, but once cooked, it is highly digestible.
Is chicken better than chicken by-product meal?
Chicken by-product meal is of better quality than the whole chicken. Whole chicken is composed of 70% water, which is lost in cooking, and the bones and indigestible parts need to be removed, therefore there is not much left when it is finally ready for consumption. Chicken by-product meal is produced through a process of cooking, drying and separation of fats and proteins. Once it is in a powdered form, it is weighed, and then added to the pet food. A by-product is something that is produced in the making of something else, for example, vegetable oils are by-products extracted from grains that are processed for consumption purposes. Beef liver, gelatin and vitamin E are other examples.
Is my pet drinking enough?
It is important that a bowl of fresh water always be available for your pet. Generally, animals drink on average 50ml of water per kg of body weight per day. Water consumption can vary depending on the animal, their daily habits, and factors such as exercise, environment, diet and digestive or health problems.
How many meals should my animal have?
There are no strict rules… but who wants to eat only once a day?
Our lifestyle leads us to feed usually morning and evening, but 3-4 meals per day are easier for the digestive system. Some animals may be fed ad-lib as they will control themselves…but watch out for the greedy ones!!
The best replacement milk is one sold in a pet store or at your veterinary clinic. It is very similar to the mother’s milk. Any homemade recipe is only good for emergencies. Here is one among others: ½ cup condensed milk 1 egg yolk 1tsp corn oil
Heat slightly, and feed every 2 hours until the purchase of a milk replacement can be done. At the age of 4-5 weeks, puppies or kittens can start eating softened dry or canned food.