Pet Nutrition Recommendations
How Important Is Nutrition in Your Family?
Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed, lifestyle, and health status. Decisions regarding your pet’s nutrition should not be made without first consulting your veterinarian.
We will make a professional recommendation to maximize the health and well-being of your pet. This is not just another food sale to us. Our focus is education, so you can make the ideal choices for the health of your pets. Who knows your pet’s preventive and medical nutritional needs better than your pet’s healthcare team?
Nutritional advice is just one of the ways that we can help you to take the best care of your loved ones. Excellent nutrition can help prevent and treat many disease conditions, and improve your pet’s quality of life.
Here are some common dog and cat nutritional questions that our clients ask:
What Type of Pet Food Should I Feed?
The best pet foods are created by reputable companies, with years of experience in the veterinary field. High quality pet foods should pass rigorous testing, and should undergo ongoing feeding trials to ensure their quality.
A lot of work goes into the formulation and the maintenance of quality of superior pet foods. Superior pet foods get a rating of excellence in all the areas of testing. By feeding one of these diets, you will see the difference in your pet’s coat, energy, and attitude. What you won’t see is the problems that you avoided, come the future.
Should I Feed My Pet Dry or Canned Food?
Starting from puppies and kittens (pediatrics), high quality foods are required to ensure optimal growth and development.
We recommend primarily dry food.
However, we always recommend including canned food for cats, with lots of water added. Every cat should be having a ‘soup’ of canned food and water every day, and the more the better.
The canned food can be given as a daily meal. This keeps options open later in life, in case there is a medical requirement for a specific food that only comes in a canned formulation. It also provides a vehicle for water consumption, which can be vitally important in cats with urinary bladder disease or kidney failure.
Why is Water Important?
Just like for humans, fresh drinking water is good for pets. Water must be provided at all times.
It is often difficult to get cats to drink enough water. What’s the solution? Try keeping the water bowl topped up and providing refrigerated, filtered water (Brita). Water ‘fountains’ are great for most cats.
You can also ask us for a copy of our “Tip Sheet” on how to encourage your pet to drink water.
What’s the Difference between Adult, and Senior Foods?
For dogs, the adolescent period is a time of tapering growth rate, still with higher calcium requirements than needed for adults. Specific puppy and adolescent foods are beneficial at this time.
Veterinary adult maintenance diets are formulated to help prevent common medical conditions, by maximizing some ingredients and minimizing others. Optimal nutrition involves a careful balance of many nutrients.
Geriatric pets have significantly different requirements than young growing puppies or kittens. This includes reducing the amount of protein, but increasing the quality, so there is less work for the kidneys. Reduced sodium (salt) allows for less water retention, which makes less work for the heart.
Pets with diabetes or kidney disease also have extremely specific requirements, and can live far longer and healthier when their nutritional needs are met. Our foods have supplements to help with brain function, to help limit muscle wasting, and to help control arthritis.
Will Feeding My Pet the Proper Food Really Make a Difference?
You simply would not believe the successes that we see with the correct nutritional decisions.
Some of these potential achievements include:
- Dissolving 4 cm bladder stones in a matter of weeks
- Giving older cats and dogs with kidney disease years of extra healthy, happy lives
- Helping you to return overweight pets to normal weight, with individually designed weight loss programs that are actually fun to do, with spectacular results
- Decreasing signs and often less need for medications with congestive heart failure
- Minimizing recurrence of potentially deadly episodes of pancreatitis
- Helping to eliminate chronic skin, ear, or intestinal conditions with specially designed hypoallergenic diets
Who Should I Get Pet Nutrition Advice From?
We can make excellent recommendations for you regarding pet foods and nutrition in general.
With degrees in the sciences, including courses in nutrition, and with veterinary degrees, you want to depend on professionals to help you to make the ideal choices. Our staff have been extensively trained to answer your questions regarding nutrition, and any questions that we are not completely sure of can be answered by the nutrition specialists at the technical support lines we have access to.
Pet foods are far from our primary business. Our number one goal is to help you to take the best care of your pets. Our recommendations to you regarding pet nutrition are made solely with this goal in mind. We are not selling food for the sake of selling food, we are helping you to make the best healthcare choices for a family member.
The foods we rely on are the foods that we feed our own pets. Therefore, we have our own personal experiences, as well as those of hundreds of our clients.
Your veterinary team has the answers for nutrition.
Give us a chance to help you make excellent choices for your pets. You will be very pleased with the results. Contact us now!