Just as you need to eat a healthy diet to give your body the essential nutrients it needs and maintain optimal health and energy levels, your pets do too. Eating processed junk food all the time would wreak havoc on your body, and pets respond the same way to low-quality food that does not meet their dietary needs. Our Royal Oak veterinary philosophy of care involves educating pet owners on how to feed their pets the proper diet.
Healthy Diets for Your Dogs and Cats
Historically, wild dogs and cats were both entirely carnivores. The only vegetable and grain products they ate were those at least partially processed by the animals they ate. However, many commercial foods are grain-based, which can cause problems for your pet’s digestive system. When choosing a brand of dog food or cat food, the veterinarian recommends looking for food that primarily contains meat with as few fillers as possible. Vitamin E should be the only preservative, and there should be no chemical additives.
A healthy diet is not only essential for getting your pet all the nutrients it needs, but also for helping your pet maintain the proper weight. Obese pets are more likely to have all sorts of health problems, including lethargy, joint issues, diabetes, heart disease, difficulty breathing, increased risk of cancer, and an overall lower life span and quality of life. It’s your responsibility as a pet owner to provide a balanced diet in the correct amount to maintain health.
If you are concerned about whether your pet is getting the most optimal diet, we would be happy to evaluate your situation. Call our Royal Oak veterinary office and make an appointment for nutritional counseling. After assessing your pet’s diet, our veterinarian may recommend natural supplements to help fill gaps in essential enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that your pet needs but is not getting enough of from his regular diet.
What type of food do you feed your pet, and how do you know this food is meeting your pet’s nutritional needs?