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Mon – Thu: 7am–8pm

Fri: 7am–6pm

Sat: 8am–4pm

Sun: 2pm–6pm*

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Nutrition at Companion Animal Hospital

Nutrition Appropriate nutrition is the foundation of a long, healthy life for our pets. Today’s producers of pet foods, following the nutritional standards set by the Association of Feed Control Officers (AAFCO), assure that their products contain the proper amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Diets should be chosen on the basis of your pet’s life stage (age). Young animals’ nutritional needs are substantially different from those of adult animals. Foods that provide nutrition for adults are often inappropriate for younger growing animals.

Supplementation of pet food diets is not recommended. AAFCO approved products offer the right balance of nutrients for proper growth and maintenance. Additional supplementation of calcium, protein, vitamins and other minerals can be especially harmful to the bone development of young, rapidly growing, large breed dogs.

Specific disease condition can be better managed through appropriate nutrition. Specialized diets are now available as part of a treatment plan for allergies, arthritis, cancer, gastrointestinal, heart, liver, kidney, urinary tract disease, dental care , diabetes, and weight management.

Raw food diets (i.e. BARF diets), raise some significant health concerns. Often these diets are nutritionally unbalanced and will not provide the proper proportion of nutrients to assure a long and healthy life. Another concern is the potential for illness to both human and animal due to bacterial infection from improper handling or feeding of raw ingredients. It is important to note that many adult animals can be asymptomatic carriers of Salmonella and can transmit both E. coli and Salmonella bacteria to us as well as other pets. Other concerns are the potential for parasite infection from ingesting uncooked meat. Although fecal analysis would check for intestinal parasites, several potential parasites found in raw meat infect organs in the body and cannot be tested for with a fecal analysis.

As for all questions regarding nutrition and your pet’s health, your veterinarian is still your best source of information and will be happy to discuss any concerns on questions you may have.

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