Pet Nutrition Tips from Your Quincy Veterinarian

Foods Contributing to Pet Wellness

The right nutrition will make a significant difference in your pet’s health. Here are some nutritional tips for promoting pet wellness, courtesy of our team at Willard Veterinary Clinic:

Dogs and cats differ. Do not feed your dog cat food, or vice versa, because each animal has different nutritional requirements that their own foods are formulated to address. As omnivores, dogs can get their nutrition through a mix of meat, grains and vegetables products, while cats are carnivores that can only get their full complement of nutrients from meat.

Dogs and cats are not humans. No matter how much your pet enjoys “human food,” you should not feed them these items — they do not have the right nutritional balance to sustainpet wellness, and many of them contain excessive fats, sugars and sodium. To make matters worse, many foods we enjoy, such as garlic, onions and chocolate, can make your pet very sick and result in a trip to the animal clinic.

Needs change with age. Puppies and kittens require extra fat and protein during this period of rapid growth and hyperactivity in their lives — especially DHA, a fatty acid that boosts brain and eye development. By contrast, senior pets may require less total caloric intake to accommodate their more sedentary lifestyle. (Do not feed your pet a low-protein diet, however, unless he has a specific health condition that demands it.) Choose pet foods with plenty of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and Vitamin A to help ward off tissue degeneration and boost the immune system. You might also feed your elderly pet an omega-3 supplement (fish oil) to help fight joint inflammation.

Nutritional Guidance for Quincy, Milton and South Shore Pets

Any Quincy veterinarian on our team can recommend the right foods and portion sizes for your pet based on the animal’s age, size and state of health. Let our animal clinic help your Quincy, Milton or South Shore pet eat his way to better health.

Do you give your pet nutritional supplements? Which ones?

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