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Your Pet is All Grown Up — Now What?
Your Pet is All Grown Up — Now What?

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Every pet is unique and so are their nutritional needs at each stage of life. For the first 12 months your pet will be a puppy or a kitten and then they will enter adulthood which continues until seven years of age, at which point pets are then considered senior pets. As pets grow, their needs and activity levels will change and develop with them.

“As young pets move out of the puppy/kitten stage and into adulthood, pet owners should shift their focus from development to maintenance and management of issues like obesity, joint health and hairballs,” said Dr. David Kozuch, veterinarian and manager of technical services and academic affairs, P&G Pet Care. “Things like breed and lifestyle should also be considered and certain pet care practices ought to be adjusted to ensure optimal pet health.”

Exercise and feeding routines should be adapted to fit an adult dog's breed and activity level. For example, the energy levels of large breed dogs decrease as they age. They require less exercise than medium or small breed dogs, making weight management a concern, and are also prone to joint problems like hip dysplasia and arthritis. To help guard against these issues, owners should choose a large breed specific pet food. Owners should look for a natural source of glucosamine as an ingredient, because this element helps maintain ideal joint health.

As adult cats continue to age, they undergo metabolic and body composition changes and also become more susceptible to certain issues like hairballs. Pet owners of adult cats should consider more frequent feedings, which are easier on a cat's digestive system. To manage hairballs, adult cats should be fed a diet that contains a blend of carbohydrates and beet pulp. These ingredients aid in a cat's digestion and smoothes its coat, which can help prevent this issue.

For more information about proper pet care and nutrition, please visit www.iams.ca.

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(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511?ref=ts. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)



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