Following their spaying or neutering, dogs' and cats’ metabolic rates decline. Yet while their bodies burn fewer calories each day after being fixed, those animals’ appetites tend to grow.
“Pets may feel like they need to eat significantly more calories than their metabolic rate can support,” Staci Scolavino, VMD, technical services veterinarian for Virbac US told Petfood Industry in an email. “This is a recipe for weight gain. As a result, spayed and neutered dogs and cats are at two to three times the risk of becoming obese versus intact pets.”
Post-operation pet food formulations for spayed and neutered pets involve more than simply reducing calories, she said, since the pets will also be feeling stronger appetites along with a decrease in metabolism. To address fixed pets’ needs, these formulations have:
Along with meeting these parameters, formulations for recently spayed or neutered pets differ from conventional weight-loss pet food formulations in other ways.
“Weight management diets are generally formulated for adult maintenance,” she said. “They often do not include sufficient essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to support healthy growth in puppies and kittens.”
Virbac recently released its veterinary formulations for spayed or neutered pets in the United States, Veterinary HPM Spay and Neuter diets. The diets are available at veterinary clinics or through direct-to-consumer e-commerce with authorship. Virbac entered pet nutrition when it purchased Imperial Dog, 30 years ago. Veterinary HPM Pet Nutrition, Virbac’s flagship brand, launched in Europe in 2015. Today, Veterinary HPM Pet Nutrition is available in 29 countries worldwide.
Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as a senior reporter for WATT Global Media. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Live Science, Discovery News, Honduras Weekly, Global Journalist and other outlets. He holds an M.A. in journalism and an M.S. in natural resources, both from the University of Missouri - Columbia, along with a bachelor's degree in biology.
Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, where he coordinated with the town government of Moroceli to organize a municipal trash collection system, taught environmental science, translated for medical brigades and facilitated sustainable agriculture, along with other projects.
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