The health and well-being of your pet are impacted by their diet. What your dog or cat eats affects everything from their muscle tone and coat to their digestion and immune system. That’s why Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital offers pet nutrition consultation services. To book an appointment for your cat or dog, contact our clinic in Toronto today.
Dogs and cats have different nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health. Older pets have different needs than puppies and kittens, and animals with kidney disease and diabetes require special diets. Even so, any nutritious pet food requires the following:
Proteins are the building blocks of pet health. Proteins help build, maintain and repair cells. Dogs and cats need protein to sustain healthy skin, muscles, organs and other tissues. Dogs use 30 percent of their protein intake alone to maintain their fur coats.
Fats are an essential source of energy that helps keep your pet active. Plus, feeding them foods containing omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids keeps their coat shiny. Additionally, Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Vitamins and minerals boost your pet’s immune system and keep their metabolism functioning well. Vitamins help your pet convert calories into energy, and minerals are essential for strong bones and healthy teeth.
The veterinarians at Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital can help your pet stay healthy by recommending a diet that combines the right amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. And in order to ensure the ultimate convenience, you can even buy your pet’s food at our online store.
Even healthy pets can benefit from nutritional counselling from a veterinarian. However, if your dog or cat displays these symptoms, you should book a nutritional consultation right away:
Weight gain or loss
Sudden changes in behaviour
Digestion issues such as flatulence, loose stool, or a rumbling stomach
Dull, flaky coat
Lethargy or weakness
Itchy skin or continuous scratching
In addition, when your dog reaches the age of five to seven years old, it’s probably time to graduate to a food designed for mature animals. Both dogs and cats require special food when they become seniors at around 11 years old.
Remember, it’s important to consult a veterinarian before making changes to your pet’s diet. If you and your cat or dog live in the Greater Toronto Area, contact Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital and schedule a pet nutrition consultation at our clinic today.