You are what you eat – and so is your pet.
That’s why our veterinarians address nutrition as a key component of responsible pet ownership and preventive care.
Whether you have a cat, dog, bird or exotic animal, it’s important to understand that sufficient nutrients are required to help maintain and repair the body’s tissue, muscles, and joints, as well as overall internal systems. In addition to specific nutritional needs at varying stages of life, different species and breeds have unique dietary needs.
Poor Nutrition Has Many Symptoms
Every animal, bird, reptile and amphibian shows symptoms of poor nutrition in its own way.
Maybe your pet’s coat is dull, or is shedding more than usual. Maybe there are digestive problems. Maybe you’ve noticed he’s less active, or has gained weight. Sometimes, a change in diet will eliminate these symptoms, and create a healthier, happier pet, with more energy to play and be active. But most importantly, proper nutrition can protect your pet from developing chronic and debilitating diseases that affect quality of life.
High-Quality Food is Essential for Good Health.
If pets could choose their own food, they would want high-quality meals that taste great and keep them feeling healthy.
Our veterinarians can make recommendations on which types of foods are best for your pet, including natural pet foods, and prescription diets for pets with weight problems, diabetes, digestive disorders, allergies, and other conditions. We also can help you determine how much food your pet needs to maintain energy and normal activity levels.
Just as important, we can make recommendations on what types of food to avoid and can teach you how to read pet food labels – so that you can choose optimal nutrition for your pet when faced with many choices.
There’s so much to know about pet nutrition that it would be impossible to cover it all here! So, if you have a specific question on feeding your pet, or just want to learn more, please contact us for more information.