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COVID-19 & Your Pet

Can my pet catch coronavirus?

Based on current information, it’s very unlikely. Research shows that dogs and cats are not infected easily with this virus, and there’s no evidence that they can transmit the virus to people or other pets at home.

  How can I protect my pet from getting coronavirus?

Can my pet carry the virus in its fur?

Do you recommend my pet wears a mask?

Should I still take my dog for a walk?

Can I still take care of my pet if I am sick?

Is there a risk my pet could get coronavirus from your food?

Are the locations where you source your ingredients from safe for pets to eat?

I can’t find my usual food in any shops, what’s happened?

I can’t get my usual food. Is it okay for me to switch diet?

I’m worried about my personal situation and not being able to get enough food for my pet – what do you suggest?

Feeding and nutrition

How can I enhance the taste of my pet's food if my pet is a finicky eater?

There are a number of reasons for your pet to behave like this. For example, she may be afraid of the new food or has previous bad experience with it. It could be due to poor palatability. Or simply because, she is a fussy eater.

Some dogs refuse food or skip meals when they consume more energy than they require (which is common in our experience). Small breeds are generally fussy eaters. Please make sure that you do not overfeed her. Monitor her body weight at least every month. If she continues to refuse, the most effective way to get your dog to eat her Pedigree™ food is to follow these steps:

  • Offer a small amount of your dog’s normal food.
  • Leave it down for a maximum of 20 minutes and leave the dog alone.
  • If the food has not been eaten after 20 minutes, pick the food up and let the dog see you throw it away.
  • Do not talk or fuss the dog, just ignore him. This is important!
  • If you do make a fuss at this stage, he will start to associate not eating with getting attention.
  • Do not offer any snacks or titbits.
  • A couple of hours later, repeat this step, and don't give him any attention or alternatives.
  • Keep repeating this process every couple of hours throughout the day.
  • If by bed time, your dog still hasn't eaten, let him go to bed on empty stomach – do not sympathise.
  • The following morning, repeat the same steps.
  • By the end of second day, he will probably be hungry and when you offer the food, he should eat.

This method of training should help to show your dog that he needs to eat when you offer him the food, otherwise he will have to go hungry. If he continues to refuse food, you need to contact your vet and check for any medical cause(s). In some instances, blood work may be required to find underlying cause.

Should I give milk and raw eggs to my dogs?

What care should be taken while feeding my dog?

My puppy was on Chicken and Milk Puppy. After I shifted him to Meat and Milk Puppy, he vomited and developed allergy and swelling of face just after half an hour? What could be the problem

How should I feed my dog in summer?

Can cereals cause intolerance and allergies and are some healthier than others?

I have heard a lot lately about raw pet food diets. Are these safe for my pet?

Should I feed my pet raw meat?

It seems that every time I turn around, my dog doesn't like what I buy her to eat or she gets sick of it. Other times, she won't touch it at all. I don't understand it, can you help?

My dog is constantly hungry even though I give him the recommended amounts, what to do in such a scenario?

What quantity of food should I feed my pet?

Does my pet need to be fed other foods when given pet food?

Can dogs digest Carbohydrates? I heard that they are recognized as sugars and easily stored as fat?

I have read that dogs are carnivores and therefore require a meat diet. Is that true?

Can I feed my dog vegetarian food only?

Can I feed my dog chapattis made of wheat? If not, why?

What precautions should I take when feeding a senior dog?

How many millilitres of milk can I feed my dog on a daily basis?

How are proteins digested and used in a dog’s body?

How does a dog choose its food? What are the factors that affect palatability?

What exactly is fibre?

What should I do if my dog does not drink his water?

Why is it important to control the Calcium and Phosphorous levels in my dog’s diet?

What precautions must I take while feeding my dog?

Do pets have the ability to identify/choose ingredients in pet foods? Does it really matter to pets?

How to handle a fussy eater?

Is milk good for my dog?

Is it true that the food intake of dogs reduces with age? Does one need to change their diet as they grow older?

I give my dog dry packaged Pedigree™ dog food. And I am made to feel guilty by all my other friends (pet parents) for not giving her any meats. Is that necessary for her proper development?

My dog enjoys vanilla ice cream and chocolates thrice a week as a treat, otherwise she is on Pedigree™ food. Please let me know if ice cream is harmful for dogs. Do dogs develop cavities?

How many times per day should I feed my dog?

Should I have fixed times for feeding my dog?

I enjoy giving my dog snacks - how many treats can I give him every day?

Should I supplement my dog's food with extra vitamins and minerals?

My dog is 10 years old - should I feed him a special diet?

My dog enjoys eating bones. Is this healthy for him?

When should I switch my puppy to ‘Adult’ and ‘Senior’ food?

What is fibre?

Is there any human food that is harmful to pets?

What is Macronutrient Profile (MNP)?

My dog is not drinking water. What do I do?

Should I give milk and raw eggs to my dogs?

Puppy care

Does my puppy really need a special puppy food?

Yes. Puppies grow very rapidly, thus need adequate calories and nutrients. They have specifically high requirements for proteins and certain amino acids (when compared to adult dogs), and need nutrients not only at specific levels, but also in the right proportions. Calcium and phosphorus are important minerals during growth, and only a specially designed puppy and junior food can ensure their adequate intake.

Small and toy breed puppies need to be fed puppy food until they are 9 months old. Medium breeds need to be fed puppy food until they are 12 months old, large breeds until they are 18-month-old and giant breeds need to bed fed puppy food until they are 24 months old.

Packaged food

Can I mix Pedigree™ with milk?

No. We do not recommend mixing Pedigree™ with milk because of two reasons:

  • Dogs do not produce the enzymes to digest lactase. Hence, milk is not recommended for dogs beyond a limit.
  • Pedigree™ is a complete and balanced diet and adding milk can lead to an imbalance in the nutrient contents.

I am not able to see any results after feeding Pedigree™ to my pet?

How many times in a day do I need to feed Pedigree™?

Can I feed Pedigree™ along with home food?

What else do I need to feed along with Pedigree™?

Do I need to mix vitamins or calcium with Pedigree™?

My dog is not eating Pedigree™?

After eating Pedigree™ my dog is drinking a lot of water?

Is the palatability of Pedigree™ good?

After feeding Pedigree™ -Puppy Large Breed, my dog had green colour faeces. What could be the reason?

Can pet food (ingredients in pet food) cause health problems?

Can the ingredients in pet foods cause allergies and intolerances?

Can I give my pet a nutritional supplement along with Pedigree™?

How do I make a smooth switch to Pedigree™ pet food?

Which pet food should I feed?

When should I switch my dog’s diet to a "senior food?"

My dog does not eat the dry kibble. What do you recommend?

Is Pedigree™ pet food 100% complete and balanced?

How should I begin feeding Pedigree™?

How do I know how much to feed?

When should I begin to feed adult pet food to my dog?

My veterinarian has recommended a prescription type of diet for my dog. Can I feed Pedigree™ instead?

I had given good quality dog food to my dog but his bone development was not proper. Why so?

After feeding Pedigree™, my dog suffered from hair loss. How do I manage the hair loss problem? Why do dogs shed so much?

Are pet foods tested on animals?

You have mentioned the ingredients on the pack. Why don’t you mention the quantity of each ingredient?

Are the Pedigree™ products same in India and in other countries?

How to determine the best in pet food based on ingredients?

Which ingredients are typically used in the manufacture of pet food?

What is meant by the term "meat and animal derivatives" found on pet food label?

Where can I get more information on the ingredients in pet food?

Why don’t pet food labels provide more information on ingredients?

When a label says meat and animal derivatives (4% chicken) on the pet food label does this really mean that there is only 4% meat in the products?

Are additives dangerous to pets?

Why does the pet food industry use additives?

Are the additives in pet food linked with behavioural issues in pets?

Why do manufacturers use the term "EC permitted additives"?

What are the by-products that are used in preparing pet food? Are they as good as the original products in supplying the nutrients?

What are rendered meals and are they safe?

Which preservatives are used in pet food and can they harm my pet?

How are ingredients and finished pet foods tested?

Where is Pedigree™ pet food manufactured?

Where do the ingredients of Pedigree™ come from?

Where can I buy Pedigree™ pet food?

Which pet food ingredients should I avoid when choosing a pet food?

Meat vs Meals, help me clarify the difference.

Why add fibre to pet food?

What are antioxidants and does Pedigree™ pet food contain any?

What is the information provided on the pet food label?

What is the content of Green Lipped mussels’?

What is premium dog food?

Why are commercial pet foods better for my pet than homemade foods?

What is the digestibility of regular and Professional range of Pedigree™?

Is Royal Canin better than Pedigree™?

After opening the bag there is bad smell of food, why? What to do to avoid it?

Do you have a money back guarantee?

How should I store the Pedigree™ pet food?

Are the Pedigree™ products same in India and other countries?

Does Pedigree™ satisfy or meet the nutritional requirements of my dog?

What are the benefits of feeding Pedigree™?

Do I need to cook Pedigree™?

Do Pedigree™ manufacturers use cow meat in their pet food?

What is WALTHAM™ that is mentioned on Mars pet care brands like Pedigree™?

What is AAFCO or NRC and why is it listed on pet food labels?

Can I give my pet a nutritional supplement along with Pedigree™?

Do you have food for puppies?

Can I mix Wet and Dry food?

How long can your canned/pouch food last in the refrigerator after being opened?

My dog does not eat the dry kibble. What do you recommend?

What is the shelf life of your Pedigree™ pet food?

Why Pedigree™ Starter Mother and Pup uses "colostrum"?

How can Dentastix™ help prevent dental problem in dogs?

How is the palatability of Pedigree™?

What and how much should I feed a pregnant dog?

Should I change my dog’s feeding pattern during lactation period?

Behavior & training

My dog gets scared during Diwali, after hearing firecrackers. He does not eat food after that. What do I do in such a situation?

 

Even the most confident dogs can be scared of fireworks. Signs of stress or fear may include shaking, trembling, barking, howling, excessive drooling or hiding when crackers are being burst.

If your dog is well socialised as a puppy and is used to hearing lots of different sounds and has been exposed to lots of different experiences, he will always react in a positive way.

Take your dog for a good walk during the day before the fireworks start. Always keep him indoors during the cracker bursting celebration. Keep your windows shut and the curtains drawn to mask sounds and flashes of fireworks. Turn up the volume on television or radio to help mask the sounds of fireworks. Keep your dog distracted by playing with him or giving treats like Pedigree™ or DentastixTM. Do not comfort your dog if he is showing fearful behaviour as this may reinforce the behaviour.

Act normally, as if there is nothing at all to be afraid of and reward your dog when he is calm and not looking afraid. Never punish your dog in any way for being afraid. Provide your dog with a suitable safe place where he can hide and do not disturb him when he goes into this area.

What is stress and how do I manage it?

Health & grooming

Is it a problem if my dog eats grass?

Dogs are omnivores, which means they eat meat as well as plants. They don't need grassy nutrients anymore because most commercial dog foods are nutritionally complete. Many dogs eat a small amount of coarse grass regularly, only for it be vomited, covered in frothy saliva, a few minutes later.

Contrary to the common perception that grass eating is associated with observable signs of illness and vomiting, results from a study by behaviour specialist Dr. Benjamin Hart, indicated that grass eating is a common behaviour in normal dogs unrelated to illness and that dogs do not regularly vomit afterward.

Vomiting seems to be incidental to, rather than caused by, plant eating. Grass eating is seldom harmful, provided grass is not sprayed with pesticides or toxic chemicals. There is no reason to worry whether your dog eats grass or not. You can read more about this behaviour here.

What is the problem when a dog eats its own faeces?

If my dog vomits or has diarrhoea occasionally but is not ill, what do I feed him?

What should be done to avoid worms? What is the de-worming schedule for dogs?

My dog developed a gastric bloat due to dog food? Why? What should I do to avoid it?

What is the proper age for mating in male dogs?

How to manage overweight/obese pets?

How do I brush my dog's teeth?

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