Some of your most frequently asked questions answered

We receive a lot of questions from new as well seasoned animal parents who want to ensure they’re doing right by their (new) companion.
 

Let’s start by debunking some of the most frequently asked questions.
 

Can they thrive on a vegan diet?
 

The short answer is, no because they need animal proteins. Dogs can tolerate small amounts of carbohydrates because they’ve adapted to living with humans over the past centuries and are able to enjoy a varied diet because of this. Cats have never adapted themselves and have remained strict carnivores. Unless you want to use supplements, we don’t recommend a diet based on vegetables because vegetable proteins are harder to digest. Perhaps even more importantly, we should respect the nature of our companion.
 

Is a BARF diet better for them?
 

Not necessarily. Our companions would certainly welcome a meal with fresh ingredients that’s prepared by us. However, you’d need to formulate recipes that contain the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals. You’d also need to get the balance right, making sure you use the correct amount of ingredients in every portion of food in order to avoid nutritional deficiencies or excesses. It would be important to rely on your veterinarian and seek ongoing advice.
 

Is it ever okay to give them leftovers?
 

No, never give them left-over food or bones. Human food is too seasoned and hard to digest, whereas bones could splinter and cause internal damage. Again, if you opt for a BARF diet, talk to your veterinarian. Do you want to give them a treat? Choose a snack that’s designed for them such as our HFC snack range for cats or dogs or our Holistic snack range for cats and dogs.
 

Are ‘maintenance foods’ different from ‘veterinary foods’?
 

Yes, maintenance foods are different from veterinary diet foods. The first one helps maintain the physiological health of your companion, the second one is usually suggested by a vet in order to tackle and correspond to a specific health issue. It’s very important to give the right type of food in order to maintain the health of our companions.
 

Almo Nature “complete” recipes are nutritionally balanced, made with high quality raw materials, HFC ingredients and fresh meat. You’ll find them in many different recipes so you can offer them a new flavour every day. They’re all maintenance products to help keep your companion in top shape.
 

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