Kathmandu, Nov 2: A specialist in veterinary nutritional Dr. Elena Pagani said that nutritional deficiencies could pose a risk of various diseases in dogs and cats, including diabetes, epilepsy, and liver problems.
In a programme organised by Mahanagar International, Mahanagar Group of Company- that provides information to veterinary doctors about pet nutrition- Dr. Elena Pagani, a specialist in veterinary nutrition, emphasised the importance of nutritious food for the well-being of dogs and cats.
Dr. Pagani, who is currently working with the Monge and CSPA companies in Italy, shared insights based on her recommendations and guidance from the company. The company is actively involved in producing pet food for dogs and cats after obtaining certification from the laboratory. Even though the company produces certified pet food, Dr. Pagani highlighted the importance of preparing a nutritious diet at home for pets. She said that a mix of elements such as protein, fibre, essential nutrients, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals should be included in the pet's diet for a healthy life.
According to Dr. Pagani, not providing balanced and nutritious food to dogs and cats can lead to various health issues, including skin problems, diabetes, obesity, digestive problems, epilepsy, kidney issues, and bone-related problems. Dr. Pagani emphasised that regular and balanced nutrition for dogs and cats is essential. She warned that neglecting this aspect could lead to problems like lethargy, weight loss, changes in eye appearance, urinary tract infections, and a lack of interest in eating.
She also shared that the company Monge, known for its various ranges of pet food, produces integrated mixtures of ingredients such as fresh fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, and herbs to address specific health issues in pets. The company aims to provide a balanced diet that helps control problems like skin issues, digestive problems, obesity, urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and diabetes.
During the programme, Suresh Karki, the Chairman of Mahanagar Group, expressed the company's commitment to uplifting the health and well-being of pets in Nepal. He mentioned that the company has imported more than 2,000 types of pet products (pet food, accessories, medicines, supplements, and clothing) to fulfil the essential needs of pets and pet owners.
Established in 2000, the Mahanagar Animal Research Centre has been actively contributing to pet nutrition in Nepal since 2015. The centre has been importing premium-quality pet food from Europe, particularly from Monge, a renowned company in Italy with a 60-year history in the pet food industry. On this occasion, Jagnnath Dhakal, the Executive Director of Mahanagar Group, highlighted the importance of ensuring the rights of pets to receive proper nutrition and lead a healthy life with their families. He urged people to pay attention to the nutritional needs of pets and ensure that they receive high-quality and nutritious food.
Around 50 prominent veterinarians from Nepal participated in the programme, who provide services related to the treatment and nutrition of dogs and cats. Mahanagar Group has been actively promoting Monge products, including Gemone, Simba, and Lichat, in Nepal, and these products have gained significant popularity among pet owners. It is estimated that there are around 1 million dogs and cats in Nepal, and Mahanagar Group's efforts aim to address the nutritional needs of these pets to ensure their health and well-being.