If your adult dog or cat is healthy, you may have chosen a pet food based simply on whether or not your pet will eat it. Cost may also play a factor in your deci­sion. However, not all pet foods are equal. And feeding the right amount is not as simple as follow­ing the direc­tions on the package (they’re just guide­lines). Choos­ing an appro­pri­ate diet can set your pet on a path of life­long good nutri­tion and help prevent many prob­lems, includ­ing aller­gies, nutri­tional defi­cien­cies, skin and coat disor­ders, and obesity. Nutri­tional require­ments for dogs and cats vary depend­ing on a variety of factors, includ­ing age, breed, and health. For instance, senior pets have differ­ent require­ments than puppies or kittens, and animals with diabetes, kidney disease, and other health condi­tions can benefit from specific diets. Our veteri­nar­i­ans can help you make informed deci­sions about your pet’s diet. We can counsel you on which foods will be appro­pri­ate based on your pet’s needs and your finan­cial consid­er­a­tions, how much to feed, and even how to decode pet food labels. We can create a nutri­tion plan for your pet, and we can also work with owners to help their over­weight pets get down to a healthy weight. Call us to set up a profes­sional nutri­tion consul­ta­tion for you and your pet.

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