Clinica Veterinaria Arcella a Padova

Clinica Veterinaria

A Padova e Vicenza forniamo assistenza sanitaria veterinaria 24 ore su 24 tutti i giorni dell’anno feriali e festivi. Assicuriamo visite, esami di laboratorio, esami strumentali e percorsi diagnostici per la formulazione di diagnosi accurate e tempestive con la conseguente possibilità di impostare terapie mirate. Nei casi più gravi proponiamo il ricovero che consente un iter diagnostico più rapido ed una impostazione terapeutica più efficace sotto costante controllo di uno staff di veterinari specializzati

The clinic hosts all the branches of veterinary medicine:

Chirurgia Veterinaria

Ortopedia Veterinaria

Cardiologia Veterinaria

Dermatologia Veterinaria

Oncologia Veterinaria

Oculistica Veterinaria

Neurologia Veterinaria

Endocrinologia Veterinaria

Fisioterapia Veterinaria

Neurochirurgia Veterinaria

Odontostomatologia Veterinaria


The dog and the cat have very different eating habits. The cat is prepared to eat little and often during the day, reaching even 20-24 small meals a day and the type of feeding that is usually used is the ad libitum, that is to leave the food always present in the bowl during the day . For dogs, the frequency of meals depends on the size and age. In the post-weaning period up to 3-4 months of age it is advisable, both for the type of food intake and for the size of the stomach, to feed the puppies at least 4-5 times a day. After 3-4 months until the end of growth it is advisable to administer food 3-4 times a day (morning, lunch and dinner). In adult dogs, meals can be 2 (morning and evening, not lunch and dinner) or even 3 (morning, lunch and dinner): especially in medium-large dogs the administration of food in a single daily meal is also not recommended as prevention of gastric dilation / torsion. Lastly, animals that present pathologies or particular nutritional needs must be fed in the manner, frequency and timing indicated by the veterinary nutritionist.

It depends on the daily energetic needs of your animal and this is influenced by many factors such as the species (dog / cat), age (puppy, adult or elderly), the breed (some breeds are predisposed to obesity, others less), the sex (whole / sterilized), the type of activity (at home, moderate or intense sports like agility several times a week) and the average temperature at which he lives (whether indoors or out in the open especially in winter). For this reason, defining a value that is good for everyone is not possible but your trusted veterinarian will be able to give you an answer. The quantity of food therefore depends on the needs of the animal and the calories provided by the food, exactly as it happens for humans. Each pack has a table showing the minimum and maximum daily quantities: if the dog is "robust", give the minimum quantity, if normal, an average quantity and if lean, use the maximum value of the range.

The type of food depends on many factors, such as the species, age, sex, breed, activity, any pathologies in progress, etc. while the brand must be of good / excellent quality to avoid health problems over time: get advice from the attending veterinarian and not from social networks or blogs without scientific or medical value.
The cat, unlike the dog, is a very habitual animal and tends to always prefer the same food and the same form (dry vs. wet), even if this does not mean that some cats prefer to change and stew for the same food.

It depends! What makes the difference between "puppy" and "adult" is not sterilization or not, but age! With an example it becomes clearer: if a 6 month old cat is sterilized, it will not become "adult", but it will remain a sterilized puppy. Therefore the food must still be that for puppy but what will change will be the doses! Castration / sterilization reduces daily calorie consumption by about 20%, therefore the quantity of food must be re-evaluated in this perspective, always taking into account the minimum needs of the various nutrients.

The cat, unlike the dog, tends to be a habitual animal and to prefer both the brand and the type (dry vs. wet) of the food that it has always eaten: this does not mean that there are no cats that prefer to change food or dogs that are not routine!
Changing food frequently can be useful but also, in the case of particular clinical conditions, risky: think, for example, of all animals with chronic gastro intestinal problems or animals with various pathologies in which the variation of food could alter an reached balance clinical.
In case you want to change food, the advice is to change the food gradually, inserting 25% of new food every 2 days: then days 1 and 2 with 75% old food and 25% new food, days 3 and 4 with 50% old food and 50% new, 5-6 days with 25% old food and 75% new food and then, from day 7, only new food.

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