The vet told how to feed the animals in Russia now. reedus

Western sanctions on Russia have hit all areas of the domestic economy – and many areas of life known to Russians. Pets were not left out: it seems that you can forget about imported feed, as well as specialized medical products.

Top-class veterinarian Mikhail Shelyakov told Reedus what pet owners should do in the event that has come.


The problem of restricting the import of Western products will hit everyone hard, including pet owners. Particular problems should be expected for those whose pets need unique medical foods, the expert admits.

“There is a problem with unique and imported foods taken from animals for vital reasons – for example, in chronic kidney failure, when an animal can live on just that, with nothing else. This is food that sustains life. for which, unfortunately, there are practically no replacements. You have to leave. “

For ordinary imported foods to which Russian pets are accustomed, there will probably be domestic analogues, Shelyakov recalls:

“All diets have been prescribed for a long time – how much protein, fat and carbohydrates a dog or cat needs for a normal life. These are fundamental studies carried out in the 1960s, they are well known and they are guided by feed producers. If the imported supply of the usual profile has disappeared from the sale, you can find some of the products of a home manufacturer, which is approximately suitable in composition. We need the closest option, so that there are no stressful transitions to different types of feeding. That’s one of the ways. “

The kitten eats anything.

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As part of the harsh sanctions, the veterinarian is calling for the pet to be transferred to natural feeding: “There are proponents of natural nutrition for both pet owners and doctors. Concentrates we call industrial feed – dry and wet. Someone votes for concentrates, someone – “straight”. But both camps agree on at least one thing: these approaches certainly do not need to be mixed. This undermines the health of the animal and especially its digestive system “.

“Natural nutrition is not worse, and in fact it has many advantages over concentrates. But it is quite annoying. Given the pace of our lives in the metropolis, when the people themselves do not really have time to eat, gaining gastrointestinal problems for themselves. continues the specialist.

“Natural nutrition requires a lot of protein,” explains Shelyakov. – And this is not only meat, as we are used to, but also cottage cheese, an egg, for example, porridge, vegetables and fruits, vitamin and mineral supplements – in the right proportions. This is a whole cooking ritual – just for yourself. “And if we assume that both a dog and a cat live with us, which is not uncommon in urban conditions, then you have to cook for each one individually, which is quite annoying.”

Veterinarians often support the pet owner’s desire to switch to natural feeding: “At least you can be sure of the ingredients. Because one of the disadvantages of concentrated feed is that we have to believe the manufacturer in the printed word, but in reality – who knows.

“If you arm yourself with patience, then you can go straight. See how people get out of the situation: pet stores sell special molds with large cells – you can put cooked food in them for the whole week and freeze it. Once a day, thaw such a cube – here is the final food for the animal, verified in grams and calories. But in conversations with pet owners, we always emphasize that the decision to switch to natural feeding must be balanced – if after two weeks you get tired of it, then the change will not bring anything good to the animal. – emphasizes the expert.

Feeding retriever puppies.

Feeding retriever puppies.

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Thus, the owner of the animal will almost always be able to receive accordingly any food that is not provided in Russia. Therapeutic food is simply a measured proportion of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

“Protein destroys the kidneys: protein is ammonia, ammonia is urea, it turns out that a diet low in protein is essential for the kidneys. In liver disease, fat is harmful, so it needs proper nutrition. That is, replacing therapeutic food, for example, for chronic kidney failure [животных с хронической почечной недостаточностью] may not be. These are specific, not very bulky foods. But they can always be imitated with natural feeding by adjusting the proportions of the products. How else, if for an animal with diabetes it is not possible to buy the necessary food that is not produced in Russia?

Specialists in veterinary clinics during the consultation will always help in calculating a suitable alternative diet for an animal. But pet owners themselves need to remember the three basic principles of healthy eating – they apply to both humans and animals, Shelyakov notes.

The food must be:

  1. Simple.
  2. Monotonous.
  3. Tasteless. “If humanity rejects the sauces and spices that make our food more appealing, we will all be healthier,” he said.

“Anti-Russian sanctions will have a significant impact not only on pet nutrition, but also on the veterinary industry as a whole,” Shelyakov warned.

“We are already feeling the problems. Unfortunately we have a lot of imports. For example, all drugs are imported and prices have skyrocketed. Anesthesia is a combination of many drugs and some of its ingredients are purely imported. We are faced with the fact that the cost of individual anesthesia components has already skyrocketed four times.

Obviously, veterinary medicine can not do without anesthesia. According to the expert, when imports are canceled, veterinarians should look for at least some alternative schemes, but this process is inconvenient and complicated. “This can only affect the quality and cost of veterinary services,” Shelyakov concluded.

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