- The mastiff puppy you added to the family last year seems sore. No longer wanting to play, he snaps when anyone touches his hind end and generally seems uncomfortable.
- The year-old tabby spends countless minutes straining in his litter box before being able to urinate.
- X-rays, medication, and countless trips to your veterinarian later, both animals are now comfortable, but what could have been done before?
An Ounce of Prevention
The old phrase ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ holds true to many ailments affecting our furry friends. Taking care of our furry family members is like a puzzle. Regular examinations, vaccinations and attention are all important pieces; but the most important puzzle piece to ensuring a long happy life is nutrition. A proper diet needs to supply protein to build and repair tissues in the body, carbohydrates and fats for energy, fibre for bulk and proper digestion and a variety of vitamins and minerals for optimal body function. All of these factors must be balanced. Too much or too little could cause problems ranging from obesity to organ function issues.
Which Food is Right for Your Pet?
Many factors are involved in choosing the correct food for your pet. Puppies and kittens should be fed a diet which meets their requirements for growth and development. However, if your puppy is a large breed dog, (like the mastiff at the beginning of this page) a change to an adolescent formula might be in order at four month to prevent developmental bone and joint problems arising from rapid growth. Adolescent formulas do not restrict the growth of your puppy, but rather spread it out over a longer period of time. After the growing phase is over most cats and dogs thrive on a complete balanced adult formula or for less active animals, a weight control diet.
Nutrition and Medical Conditions
For those with medical conditions such as gastro-intestinal upset, kidney disease, skin sensitivities, dental issues or urinary tract problems (remember our year old tabby?) a specific diet can alleviate the problems and keep them from from needing intensive medical care.
Concerned your family member may not be getting adequate nutrition or wondering if they would thrive on a different diet? Maybe it’s time for a nutritional consult. Call to schedule an appointment today.