Pet Nutrition and Diet
With so many food types and treat brands on the market, it’s important to make sure that the products you are feeding your pet are providing them with the nutrients that he or she needs to stay healthy and strong. The food and treats you feed your dog or cat are essential to their general health and well-being – that’s why we will discuss the type of food that will best benefit your dog or cat. We are glad to help you choose a food based on your pet’s breed, health, age, and body condition. Each life-stage requires a special balance of protein, fats, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates to maintain a healthy diet.
Nutrition is Important to Your Pet’s Good Health
A complete and balanced diet is essential for your dog or cat throughout their lifetime. As pets age, their nutritional needs will begin to change as well. Younger pets need diets to support a more active lifestyle and healthy, growing bones and muscles; in contrast, senior pets will benefit from fewer calories.
We recommend pet food manufacturers that also make veterinary prescription diets such as Science Diet. Their diets as a whole have much more scientific, veterinary research behind them to prove they are healthy diets.
Cats and dogs that are significantly overweight or underweight are more susceptible to health issues and complications due to disease and injury. Obesity is a serious issue for many pets and can be a complicating factor in heart conditions, arthritis, liver conditions and other ailments. At Tulare Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians can give you advice and tools to help your pet maintain a healthy weight. To learn more about our diet and nutrition services for dogs and cats, call us today at (559) 686-8544.