Maintaining your pet's health should include proper nutrition. Just like people, some cats or dogs will also require special diets for weight maintenance or controlling chronic conditions. To ensure that your pet gets the right nutrients that he or she needs while balancing caloric intake, consult with our veterinarian from At the Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield.
Why Pet Nutrition Is Important
Your pet's health is linked to what he or she eats. Some pets can thrive on standard, commercially available pet food. However, other pets may have food allergies to the ingredients in certain pet foods. Sometimes, cats or dogs may need special formulations to address their health concerns, such as kidney problems or diabetes.
All pet owners need to discuss their pet's health conditions and nutritional needs with a veterinarian. The vet will suggest the best food to keep your pet healthy and energetic. Your pet’s diet may need modifications as your pet ages. For instance, kittens need high-energy food to support their growing bodies, but their tiny teeth cannot always chew adult dry food pieces. Special kitten food can address these needs.
Your Pet's Diet and Weight
The caloric intake of your pet's diet will contribute to his or her weight. If your pet frequently eats more food than it needs for daily energy requirements, it may gain weight. Overweight pets have a higher risk of osteoarthritis, diabetes, and other major health conditions.
The calorie needs of your cat or dog may be much lower than you think and it directly relates to the animal's weight and species. For instance, an average-sized cat needs around 200 calories. However, dogs weighing 50 pounds will need between 700 and 900 calories. Larger dogs will need more whereas smaller dog breeds will eat much less.
You shouldn't feed your pet according to the guidelines on the bag of food because those generalized recommendations do not work for all pets. Talk to the vet to find the correct calorie needs for your animal and find out what that looks like in terms of dry and wet food.
Nutrition Recommendations for Your Pets
During a wellness exam or a separate visit for nutrition consulting, our vet will help you to find the best food for your pet's health. The veterinarian will use your pet's history, age, weight, and other factors to make recommendations and offer a prescription for food if needed. If you have questions about feeding your pet, be sure to mention them during the nutrition consultation with the vet.
Schedule a Visit for Your Pet
Consult with our veterinarian on your pet's dietary needs and health. Schedule your visit by calling our clinic At the Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield at (661) 665-8950. In addition to nutrition counseling, we can also help you with our other pet health services, such as surgery, wellness exams, and dental care. Trust us to take care of your pet with the same concern that you have for your furry friend.