Our New Hope Animal Hospital Shares The Importance of Pet Nutrition
Pet nutrition seems simple at first - pick a pet food and give the recommended amount on the bag at specific times. But proper nutrition takes more into account than what the pet food package suggests. Our veterinarians at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC can help you choose the right food and the right amount to feed your pet.
Pet Nutrition Depends on Age, Activity Level, and More
One aspect of pet nutrition to look at initially is age. Puppies and kittens need different types of nutrition and amounts of food because they are both growing rapidly and also very active. That kitten zooming around your house may be small, but it is expending lots of energy compared to that larger but more sedate adult cat who only moves when a sunbeam does.
Specific nutrition is necessary for specific needs. For example, pets prone to obesity may need not just less food, but changes in protein, fiber, and/or fat content. Cats are obligate carnivores and cannot have vegetarian diets. Giant breed puppies require food that will promote slow growth to protect developing joints. We can assist in finding the right food based on your individual pet's needs.
Don’t Forget About Allergies
Believe it or not, your pet can have food allergies. If you have a pet with skin allergies or chronic stomach upset, we can discuss diet trials to see if food is a component.
Contact Our New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC Today!
We know you want to maintain your pet's health, and the right food is part of that plan. Contact us at (919) 490-2000 and speak with a veterinarian there about finding the right food. Get your pet off to a healthy start in life with good nutrition.