All Things Senior Center: Pet Nutrition

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Not sure if you’re feeding your pet the right food? If you’re like me, you can be crazed with the choices available out there and believe me, there are a LOT of different brands.

As a first time dog owner, I had no idea what type of food to give Sally, so I took the first suggestion of an employee at a pet store. Sally didn’t seem to like that, so I changed brands, and then when she turned her nose up at that, I changed brands again! I spent a small fortune on dry dog food, as well as some canned varieties. Some people say, “Yes, it’s okay for dogs to eat canned,” and others say, “NO, you should never give your dog only canned, it’s not good for their teeth!” I was ready to start Sally on a homemade food diet. So, what to do?

Well, your questions can be answered at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Monday, October 22 at 10 am, when Dr. Mischa Leavey, veterinarian from Healthy Paws Veterinary Center in Westboro will be on hand to discuss PET NUTRITION.

Dr. Leavey will discuss diet choices for your dog or cat and what are the good foods to give your pets to keep them healthy. I spoke with Dr. Leavey to get a better sense of the major nutritional topics she’ll be planning on talking about. She said she will be discussing primarily commercial diets, home made diets, as well as raw food and vegetarian diets. She will have a list of home made recipes to hand out for those who are interested in making their own pet food.
Another important factor in feeding your dog or cat is the labels on the bags or cans of food. Dr. Leavey will educate us on how to read these labels; the ingredients, quality assurance, certain testings, how to contact the companies directly and what questions to ask them about their food. She is also putting a list together of dog and cat foods that are highly recommended.

Do you give your pet occasional treats? Many of you probably don’t know that I was giving Sally some treats that were made in China, and unbeknownst to me, they were very toxic! I wrote a whole column about these deadly treats from China on August 14 and how Sally ended up having to be tested for kidney failure because of them. Thank goodness the test was negative, but other dogs were not so lucky. Dr. Leavey will be also be able to answer our questions on which treats are safe to give our pets, how often, etc. All of these food topics are very important, as we certainly want to keep our pets healthy by giving them the right nutrition. I hope you will be able to join us on Monday, October 22 at 10 am. Please call the center at 508-497-9730 to sign up for this very important seminar. If we have a good turnout, it could be the first of many pet seminars. See you there!

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