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Pet Nutrition FAQ's
If you’re the type of person who makes a point of examining labels on packaged food to see what the ingredients are and what kind of balance the food has in terms of the macronutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrates), it shows that you are a curious and thoughtful individual who cares about maintaining health. Your pet also needs proper nutrition to not only live but to thrive.
With that in mind, we wanted to offer questions to the most frequently asked questions about pet nutrition that people have when coming to Acres Mill Veterinary Hospital. Our staff keeps on top of developments and research in animal nutrition so we can follow best practices when making our recommendations to pet owners on the best way to feed their animals.
Just as many more Americans are growing obese thanks to sedentary lifestyles and easy access to junk food 24/7/365, their pets are starting to grow fatter too. In fact, more than 50 percent of pets in the U.S. are now considered obese. To keep your pet from falling into this scary statistic, you’ll want to examine the food you’ve been providing, in consultation with a veterinary professional.
Excess weight causes too much stress on joints, leading to arthritis. An overweight cat or dog could become diabetic or wind up with high blood pressure or even organ failure.
People who hate wasting food or who just enjoy the fun of handing their pets little nibbles of scraps from the dining table are well-meaning, but it’s not a good idea to rely on human food when it comes to taking care of your beloved animal companion.
Table scraps from meals in the standard American diet contain excess salt, sugar and fat, and these ingredients are bad not just for humans, but for our pets as well. Also keep in mind that some human foods can be quite dangerous for animals to consume, such as chocolate or garlic.
Our team will be happy to consult with you. We’ll ask what you’ve currently been feeding your dog or cat and will then come up with a solution for better meals, going forward.
Pets with special nutritional requirements as determined by their vet will want to take advantage of various food formulations. We are familiar with all the major pet food manufacturers and brands and can offer you guidance on which formulations would be most suitable for your pet at its particular point in life (kitten or cat, puppy or dog?).
If you’re like most responsible pet owners, you want to make sure that your animal companion has the proper, nutritious food to ensure health and happiness throughout its life. However, it can be hard for people to figure out what are the best food choices to make for their pets. This is why so many pet owners have come to rely on the staff at our facility.
For more information on pet nutrition not covered in this FAQ or to make an appointment, get in touch with Acres Mill Veterinary Hospital today.