Ever heard the expression that “you are what you eat”? The same is true for our pets! A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense and a cornerstone of preventive care. Proper daily nutrition will go a long way in keeping your pet healthy by bolstering the immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals.
Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, based on age, breed, health conditions and lifestyle factors—which can make choosing the right pet food complicated. For example, larger breed dogs have different nutritional needs than smaller breeds, and puppies and kittens should eat much differently than most adult dogs.
It’s also worth noting that in the U.S., well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets. Recent surveys show that in the past 10 years, the number of overweight dogs has increased by 158%–the number of overweight cats is up by 169%! Just like with humans, carrying extra weight can cause or worsen serious health problems, including arthritis, diabetes, urinary tract disease and heart disease.
At Family Pet Hospital, our veterinarians and staff can take the guesswork out of feeding your pets by advising you about what’s right for your animal. We can also help if your pet needs a weight management plan.
Have questions or concerns about what your pet is eating? Call us at (770) 928-9094.