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Providing your pet with good nutrition helps keep your dog healthy, active and happy. Here are a few questions we receive and answers from our veterinarian.
What should I feed my puppy or kitten to ensure proper growth and activity levels?
Kitten and puppy food is specially formulated for their growing bodies, and there are several brands available on the market that will provide adequate nutrition for your new family member. To choose the right brand for your puppy or kitten, read manufacturer’s ingredients and peruse their research information. Manufactures must perform extensive testing and research on their pet foods. You can also research the food online and ask our veterinarian about your pet’s specific dietary needs. We offer nutritional counselling for all the stages of your pet’s life.
What food is best for my pet?
When it comes to feeding your furry family member, the best diet is one that meets all of their nutritional needs for their stage of life and activity level, and many pet food manufacturers have specifically formulated foods for puppies, kittens, adults and seniors. In general, you should purchase a high-quality food from a reputable manufacturer that hasn’t had any recent recalls. If your pet has health problems, a special diet may be needed. If you are unsure of your pet’s dietary needs, our veterinarian can help you choose the right food for your pet.
Do cats and dogs really require different diets?
Cats and dogs have different dietary needs. Dogs are primarily omnivores. They can eat meat, grains and vegetables. Cats are carnivores, which means all of their nutrients must come from meat. Cats also require more water than dogs, and their food is manufactured to reflect that need. For good health, cats and dogs should not share food on a regular basis.
My cat or dog is overweight. How do I put him or her on a diet?
If your cat or dog is overweight, you should bring them in for a checkup to ensure they are in good health, and there are no underlying causes for their obesity. If there are underlying causes, our veterinarian can treat the illnesses and help you put your pet on a diet and exercise program that will help him or her lose weight and regain their health.
Does my senior pet need a special diet?
Senior pets, in general, do not require as many calories as their younger counterparts because they are less active. However, the type of food you feed your senior pet depends on their activity level and health. Some older pets actually lose weight due to certain health conditions or not eating enough. In these instances, it is important to feed your pet a diet that meets all of their nutritional needs while being easily digestible. If you have questions about your senior pet’s diet and/or weight, please call our office. Our veterinarian can answer your questions and help you choose the right food.