From birth to senior care, nutrition is a very important part of a pet’s overall health. Different pets have different nutritional needs. If you have questions about what is best for your pet, call us at 918-481-1693 and we can discuss diet with you.
We recommend the diets that are formulated by a Veterinary Nutritionist, and food companies that manufacture their own diets. A lot of the boutique diets are manufactured by secondary companies and are not up to the same standards of quality control that those who manufacture their own food put into place.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to over-feed a pet that knows how to beg. But being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems as they get older. These health problems can include osteoarthritis, diabetes, back issues, and even heart issues. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range.
We recommend you do not feed anything outside of your pet’s regular dog food and high-quality dog treats. But keep in mind, if you are feeding multiple treats throughout the day you will need to scale back on how much you feed.
How much should you feed? Every diet has different calorie content. Each food should have a feeding guide on the side or back of the bag. Find your dog’s ideal weight, and that is the total amount of food your pet should eat in a day. If you feed twice daily, divide that amount in half.
Some patients require special diets due to certain ailments. Those diets are recommended by your veterinarian based specifically on the disease process being treated. Some of these diets may be short term, and some may be long term. These veterinary recommended diets limit nutrients or provide extra nutrients depending on why they are being fed.
What food do we recommend? The foods that we recommend the most are those backed by veterinary science, and have a guaranteed quality to them. These diets are Royal Canin, Hill’s Science Diet, Eukanuba, and Purina Pro Plan. These diets have been formulated by veterinary nutritionists and have a very high quality control factor. The life stages foods can be purchased at most pet stores, Southern Agriculture, PetSmart, and Petco. The prescription or veterinary recommended diets can be purchased with us, or with a prescription at the pet stores.