Pet Nutrition Services
The simplest and most effective step towards maintaining your dog or cat’s health is to keep them on a healthy diet.
Companion Animal Hospital Pet Nutrition Services: Beyond the Standards
The simplest and most effective step towards maintaining your dog or cat’s health is to keep them on a healthy diet. At Companion Animal Hospital, our staff can help you create a customized diet for your pet. We also carry a full range of specialty foods to address any special or prescription nutritional needs that your pet may require.
Be a Smart Shopper
As advocates of informed, educated pet ownership, we encourage you to learn how to read pet food labels. Terms such as “human grade” and “grain-free” can be misleading, and we want you to have accurate information when making decisions for your pet.
Selecting the Right Food
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the different options on the pet food market. However, it’s important to understand that no product is the absolute best. It’s important to select the right food for your pet based on his or her individual needs.
At Companion Animal Hospital, our recommendations follow the guidelines of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This ensures your pet receives the proper amount of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and nutrients. When discussing food choices, we also consider age, lifestyle, and overall health.
Pet Weight Loss & Management
For cats and dogs, being even slightly overweight puts them at risk for developing serious medical conditions, such as:
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Heart and respiratory disease
- High blood pressure
- Various forms of cancer
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If your pet is overweight or obese, consider these weight loss tips:
- Feed your pet two to three meals a day. This burns more calories and can reduce begging since your pet will be fed more often.
- To encourage movement, divide meals into smaller quantities and place them in different locations throughout your home. Also consider purchasing a toy that rolls around, slowly releasing food. This motivates pets to “work” for their meal.
- Make a treat bag that contains only the daily recommended amount of pet snacks. When the bag is empty, your pet should not receive any more treats. Be sure to involve the whole family!
- For cats, purchase interactive toys that require effort (such as laser pointers). Also, try throwing treats or toys up the stairs so your cat has to climb to retrieve them.
Preventing obesity and managing your pet’s weight is easier than you think. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Our team is happy to help you explore healthier lifestyle choices for your cat or dog.