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xConnectNW 206 - Pet Nutrition

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Dr. Kitchel joins us to talk about pet dieting. Is the raw diets healthy for all pets?

Produced By: Rose Kibala

Online Version: Kanale Rhoden

Dogs come in and out of the clinic in different sizes and different shapes. Dr. Sue Kitchel, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Animal Clinic in Moscow, ID, sat down with us to share how you can care for your pet's diet. Dr. Kitchel says research has shown dogs are more obese now than ever before, which is why it is important to keep your dog on a healthy diet. Puppies of course have to be given special foods that are rich in protein but as dogs start to get older it might be a good idea to control what they eat. Raw dog hyd is a dog's best friend but Dr. Kitchel says it might not be a good idea all the time. "Raw hyd is a good treat...you just have to be careful" says Dr. Kitchel. It's easy to give your dogs scrapings from dinner or over feed them doggy food but for the overall health of the dog, it might not be the best thing to do.

Raw diets are hitting the stage more and Dr. Kitchel has to address questions regarding this diet more and more. Dr. Kitchel says, on its most basic level the raw diet is taking dogs back to their "wolf/canine" days. "Take to your vet..." was the most important thing Dr. Kitchel said about this diet. Some animals will do just fine on it while others will struggle. "Just be careful and educate yourself," says Dr. Kitchel.

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