Pet Nutrition with our Durham Veterinarian

If you own a dog or cat, maintaining their health with proper care tactics is extremely important. Your pet's nutritional intake makes an impact on their overall health condition. Most people will contact our veterinarian at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC if they have questions or concerns about their pet's nutrition. Here is some information to read over before making an appointment to help you understand the importance of nutrition monitoring.

Dog eating healthy foodMeeting Nutritional Needs For Each Life Stage

Whether you have a dog or cat, feeding them food that meets their current life stage is of the utmost of importance. Kittens and puppies require additional caloric intakes full of proteins and fats to help with growth. A kitten or puppy diet should be continued until a pet is one year of age. Adult pets under seven years of age will need moderation of nutrients they consume. Foods made especially for adult pets is best. Older pets will require foods with more protein to help keep muscles working properly. 

Common Pet Nutritional Need Challenges

When a pet becomes pregnant or if it is lactating, close monitoring of the female's diet needs to be monitored. Pets will require additional calories to sustain a pregnancy or provide the capability to make milk for offspring. Pets with weight difficulties require special diets to ensure they meet caloric needs without over-indulging. Dogs and cats with allergies may require specific foods to keep symptoms at bay. It is best to see our veterinarian for help in determining which foods will best suit your pet's needs.

How our Durham Veterinarian Can Help With Pet Nutrition

It is best to bring your dog or cat to our veterinarian for routine assessments of their weight and overall health condition. If there is a need to restrict or change the diet due to weight issues or a medical problem, recommendations will be made and guidelines will be conveyed to you so you can keep tabs of the food you give to your pet daily. Diets can be altered depending on specifics. For example, if a pet suffers from a food allergy, the process of elimination is used to pinpoint exactly which food is causing difficulties. The diet is then tweaked depending on the pet's tolerance to foods and symptoms they have when eating different foods.

Contact Our New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC

If you would like more information about pet nutrition, call New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham to speak to our veterinarian. Schedule an appointment for your cat or dog to be evaluated by calling 919-490-2000.


Hospital Hours


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am- Noon



Our Location

Visit us today

Featured Articles

  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Caring for Senior Cats

    Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, today’s cats can live well into their teen years. It is not uncommon for cats to live to be 18 or even older. However, in order for cats to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy. As cats age, they are at greater risk for ...

    Read More
  • Feline Stomatitis: Treatments

    Cats rarely display their pain, but cats with feline stomatitis are often the exception. If your cat appears to have mouth pain, is reluctant to eat, doesn't want to groom, is drooling, and doesn't want you to open its mouth, it may be suffering from this debilitating, degenerative oral condition, and ...

    Read More
  • Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

    Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat's immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. ...

    Read More
  • Family Cats and Pregnant Women: Take Measures to Prevent Toxoplasmosis Infection

    Nothing must spoil the joys of becoming a new parent. Not even your pets. But family cats with normal, every day habits can pose a risk to expectant women. Women's immune systems can be disturbed by a parasite carried in fecal matter. If you're the primary caretaker of your family's feline friend it ...

    Read More
  • Create an Environment Your Cat Will Love

    The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms that feline emotional wellbeing, behavior and physical health are a result of how comfortable they are in their environment. Understanding how our cats interact with their environment can help us create a space for owners and cats to mutually thrive ...

    Read More
  • Catnip: Why Cats Love It

    Few things stimulate a cat's pleasure faster than catnip. Exposure to this simple herb can reveal a new side to their feline personality. Many cats will go crazy at the smell of this plant. Catnip has a reputation of being a feline drug and many cat owners wonder if it is safe to give it to their pet. ...

    Read More
  • Zoonosis

    Zoonosis refers to diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals. In particular, they occur when an infected animal passes on bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses to humans through scratches, saliva, feces and urine. Vectors (e.g., organisms like fleas and ticks) can also carry zoonotic diseases ...

    Read More
  • Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

    Read More
  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup