Having pets is a way of life these days. More and more families are adopting pets. And they are also taking better care of them like their children.

Nutrition is an inevitable aspect of pet care. So, Creature Companion has decided to introduce a Q&A column for all pet parents, where all your queries will be answered by Geet Rao, a Clinical Pet Nutritionist certified by Academy of Natural Health Sciences, New Jersey, currently pursuing doctoral studies in Pet Nutrition.

She has been practising as a pet nutritionist since six years and has founded Pet Kitchen – a Gourmet Dog Bakery; she has also designed foods for some leading pet food companies in India.

Feel free to send in your queries about your pet’s health and we will answer back your queries here in our Q&A column!

Looking forward to serve your pets for their better health!

What diet is the best for my dog – raw, cooked or kibble?

Every pet is different and just like there is no one diet for people, there cannot be one same diet for all dogs. Pet parents have to play and experiment with their pets. The experiments should be monitored and done in line with the safety of the pet. Suggestions from a pet nutritionist can be taken to adapt your pet to a new diet and evaluate his/her health post new diet.

What supplements does my pet need?

What supplements your pet needs depends upon the present diet of your dog. If your dog is on homemade diet, a calcium and vitamin d supplementation is a must. If your dog is a vegetarian, an amino acid supplementation is must; if your dog eats primarily meats, an omega 3 supplementation is must.

How long can we feed puppy food to a dog?

Puppies should be given puppy food until they have attained 90% of their expected adult weight; post this, they should be switched to adult dog food.

How to feed a fussy eater?

There is more than one solution to this problem. We can do many things like changing the texture of the food, changing its temperature or the time at which we are serving the food.

Can I give fruits to my dog?

For a perfectly healthy dog, not having underlying conditions like diabetes or obesity, most fruits are good. Just avoid very sweet fruits like grapes. Fruits like papaya, apples, and blueberries are perfectly safe and beneficial for dogs.

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