This course will be of great interest to animal lovers and professionals in the pet care industry who would like to better understand the nutritional needs of animals, how to properly care for pets, and to any learner who is interested in pet care as a future industry to work in.
This is also a great resource for those who would like to own animals and want to provide the highest level of care for their pets.
As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” This is as true for our pets as it is for us. But with so many different diets and formulations on the shelves, the world of pet food may seem baffling and overwhelming.
This highly digestible course will help you understand your pet’s dietary needs and give a solid grounding in pet nutrition. The course helps you understand food labelling, how much and when to feed, and not forgetting our smaller furry (and scaly) friends as we pick a path through the maze of pet nutrition.
Food glorious food! You’re on safe ground spotting a steak is not a cabbage, but can you tell proteins, carbohydrates and fats from vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants? Learn nutritional aspects such as:
Food groups: What foods are made up of
Types of food: How commercial diets are packaged
Food labelling: Decode the small print
Know how much to feed
Understand Your Pet’s Nutritional Needs
A dog has different nutritional needs to a cat, which is different to a rabbit. Indeed, don’t stop there because birds, fish, and reptiles all have specific needs. Learn about:
Different types of digestion: Herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores
Life stage feeding: Youngster, adult, or senior pet
Matching lifestyle to nutrition: How to feed the active animal, for pregnancy or lactation
Why a cat isn’t a small dog
Mealtimes vs ad lib feeding
Avoiding fussy eaters
The Weighty Matter of Weight
It’s official: Lean animals live longer.
Learn how to assess your pet’s weight and then diet them for longer life:
Body score your pet
Feeding for painless weight loss
What every overweight diabetic cat should know
Food and Ill Health
Food choices cut both ways: It causes ill health and it can cure it. Learn:
Signs of dietary allergy or food intolerance
How to put your pet on a hypoallergenic diet
Foods to improve renal, liver, heart, dental, and urinary disease
An appropriate, good quality diet is vital for our pets’ health and longevity but do you truly what you’re feeding them? If you can’t put your hand on your heart and say “Yes,” then this course helps you to ask, and answer, the right questions about feeding.