If your adult dog or cat is healthy, you may have chosen a pet food based simply on whether or not your pet will eat it. Cost may also play a factor in your decision. However, not all pet foods are equal. And feeding the right amount is not as simple as following the directions on the package (they’re just guidelines).
Choosing an appropriate diet can set your pet on a path of lifelong good nutrition and help prevent many problems, including allergies, nutritional deficiencies, skin and coat disorders, and obesity. Nutritional requirements for dogs and cats vary depending on a variety of factors, including age, breed, and health. For instance, senior pets have different requirements than puppies or kittens, and animals with diabetes, kidney disease, and other health conditions can benefit from specific diets.
Our veterinarians can help you make informed decisions about your pet’s diet. We can counsel you on which foods will be appropriate based on your pet’s needs and your financial considerations, how much to feed, and even how to decode pet food labels. We can create a nutrition plan for your pet, and we can also work with owners to help their overweight pets get down to a healthy weight.
Call us to set up a nutrition consultation for you and your pet.
There are hundreds of choices for pet food on the market today, making it very difficult for pet owners to decide what is best for their pet. We can help you choose a commercial diet that provides complete and balanced nutrition for your dog or cat, or recommend a prescription diet that helps to manage certain health problems. We can also provide guidance and recipes if you choose to create a homemade diet for your pet.
For useful information about nutrition, and other aspects of pet care, download a copy of our Kitten Care or Puppy Care brochure.