As your cat, dog, or other small companion animal grows and ages, they will have many different nutritional needs throughout their lives. For the optimal health of your pet, it is necessary that these needs are consistently met. This is why our staff are happy to assist you with making the best decisions regarding your pet’s diet with our nutritional advice services!
A lot of pet owners have never considered their pet’s diet beyond the fact that there are many easily picked “complete nutrition” diets available in stores. These foods are easily scooped up and taken home… However, your pet’s diet needs to be catered specifically to them. Diet is not a one-size-fits-all type of deal. It’s much more complex than that.
At different ages, your pet will need different nutrients. Puppies, adult dogs, and senior dogs all have different requirements. The life stage of your pet has a big effect on their diet needs. Food formulated for puppies are to help them grow, and are full of energy. Adult dogs don’t need this extra energy. Food formulated for puppies also comes in different sizes for their smaller mouths. The same goes for kittens and cats, or big animals and smaller animals. All needs are different.
Sick animals need diets that are formulated to their illness. Different diets can assist you in managing your pet’s condition. There are special diets for animals with diabetes, heart and kidney disease.
Weight is very important to consider. How do you know if you are under-feeding your pet or over-feeding them? Obesity is harmful to your pet, causing many problems such as respiratory trouble or high blood pressure. It impedes their ability to do natural actions, disabling your pet. Obesity is also preventable. Obesity is not just affected by food intake either. The breed, sex, and age of your pet can make a difference too.
It is important to know what is being said on the labels of pet food. We can help you read and understand them to be sure your pet is receiving all of what they need and nothing more. In today’s pet food industry, foods can be stuffed full of unnecessary nutrients, like supplements your pet is already receiving.
In order to ensure your pet a long and healthy life, we will take time out of each visit to check your pet’s nutritional needs. With the knowledge of your pet’s biological history, lifestyle, breed, and exercise regime we can create a diet specifically tailored to bring your pet to the peak of their health.
Our veterinarians can make recommendations on what foods or nutrients your pet should or should not be given as well as the quantity of food and how many times a day they should be fed. For example, do you know how many calories you pet should have a day? We do, and we can teach you!
With nutritional advice and a healthy exercise plan your pet’s life can be active and long, giving them many more happy years to spend with you.