Keeping Your Cat or Dog Healthy With Proper Pet Nutrition

A good diet and proper nutrition is very important to your pet’s health. Feed your pet food especially formulated for him or her and always have fresh water available.

Today’s commercial pet food is excellent, providing complete nutrition. Commercial food offers varieties designed to meet multiple nutritional needs, including products for a pet’s specific stage in life. Today’s choices for high-quality pet food are almost staggering!

There are also a number of great options available for commercially produced pocket pet food. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends fresh, high-quality commercial pellets or feed blocks, designed for each species of pocket pet. Supplement the diet a few times a week with fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid seed mixes, since pocket pets will tend to pick out the sugary or high fat seeds, which long term could result in malnutrition and obesity.

Some pets have veterinary health issues that benefit from therapeutic nutrition. These special veterinary diets help minimize symptoms, promote recovery, and manage disease.

Issues addressed by veterinary food formulas include:

  • Diabetes
  • Urinary disorders
  • Allergies
  • Cardiac problems
  • Renal issues
  • Mobility and joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Dental problems
  • Dermatologic issues
  • Kidney disease
  • Weight loss

Countryside Veterinary Hospital will evaluate whether a veterinary formula is right for your pet. We prescribe and offer Purina veterinary pet food products.

Weight Control Is Very Important to Your Pet’s Well-Being

The tendency to overfeed our pets is so tempting, especially if one has a very food-motivated pet! Nonetheless, it is vital that you keep your pet’s weight in a healthy range. Obesity is related to a number of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

Be wary of the feeding guidelines listed on pet food product labels and talk to us about appropriate quantities. Measure the food you provide and serve it at set times to avoid pet obesity. Go easy on treats, which pack in unnecessary calories. Dogs can be trained to regard carrots and celery as treats. Consider reaching for those instead during training sessions.

Already have a plus-size pet at home?
Consider these tips:

  • Schedule a veterinary exam for assessment
  • Measure the food you set down
  • Feed smaller portions more frequently
  • Explore lower calorie foods and formulations
  • Reduce portions (but go slowly!)
  • Add more whole foods (dogs love vegetables!)
  • Commit to exercise (play with your pet!)