Frequently Asked Questions

Proper Pet Nutrition Made Simple and Easy

Making the right decisions when it comes to pet food is easy when you choose Global Pet Foods in St. Catharines, ON. Being animal lovers ourselves, we understand the importance of correctly feeding your companion. Read on to find out about the dos and don’ts of pet nutrition.

How much should I feed my dog or cat?
Every pet food manufacturer provides feeding guidelines for their food. Usually located on the back or side of the bag or can, this is a good place to start. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these are guidelines and not hard and fast rules. The amount of exercise your pet gets, age, medical conditions, and even the number of treats you feed a day can influence how much you need to feed your pet. Watch your pet’s energy level, stools, and weight, then increase or decrease the amount you feed as necessary.

Is wet food a healthy choice for my pet?
Wet food is a great way to feed your pet. It provides much-needed moisture to your cat or dog’s diet and may help reduce the occurrence of issues such as dry skin and urinary tract problems. You can even add a little warm water to wet food to increase your pet’s moisture intake. This is especially important for cats, as they generally don’t drink enough water.

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Wet food is also a great way to rotate the protein sources in your pet’s diet. For example, if you usually feed a chicken-based dry food, mix a little beef, fish, or venison wet food in and regularly switch them up. Rotating protein sources not only helps to keep your pet interested in his or her meals, but it also helps to provide a healthy, balanced diet over the long term.

Is it ok to feed my pet table scraps or “people” food?
If you generally eat healthy, nutritious meals, there’s nothing wrong with feeding some leftovers to your pet. In fact, the fresh food is probably a nice addition to your pet’s diet. Just keep in mind that certain foods such as mushrooms, onions, grapes, and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats.

What’s the best way to store my pet’s food?
We recommend storing your pet food in a food-grade, re-sealable container that is airtight. Ideally, keep the food in its original bag, roll the top tightly, and store in an appropriate container in a cool, dry location. Wet food should be sealed and refrigerated after opening. We suggest using it up within 3-5 days.

If you are wondering what food to start your puppy on or when you should switch your pet to adult or senior food, give us a call at 905-646-0508. We will suggest a diet plan that fits the specific needs of your pet.