Pet Nutrition Services in Cary
Your pet's health hinges on the food they consume. Here at Chatham Animal Hospital, our three-veterinarian team can provide pet nutrition services to help your special friend live a long and happy life.
Principles of Pet Nutrition
Pets have easy access to foods that they might never encounter in the wild -- not necessarily a good thing since their digestive systems require a specific mix of nutrients in the proper quantities. Proper pet nutrition can vary from animal to animal; it certainly varies from species to species. For instance, your cat may be content to munch on dog food, or vice versa, but he won't get the nutrients he needs from these products. While dogs can get their nutrients from both plant and animal sources, cats must get all their nutrients, including amino acids such as taurine, from meat-based foods.
Too much food can be as harmful as the wrong kinds of food, especially when your pet cannot burn off the extra calories. Pet obesity is a genuine epidemic in this country -- a preventable problem that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, organ failure, and cancer. That's why you need to know when and how often to feed your pet his favorite foods.
Schedule an appointment with our pet nutritionists by calling (919) 469-8114 today.
The Dangers of Feeding Your Pet Human Food
Human foods are bad for pets in a number of ways. Not only are they likely to be deficient in certain key nutrients, but they also tend to be loaded with salt, sugar, fats, preservatives, and other potentially harmful ingredients.
Some human foods are even toxic to dogs and/or cats, such as:
- Citrus fruits
- Grapes and raisins
- Garlic and onions
- Chocolate (and other caffeinated products)
- Foods made with the non-sugar sweeter xylitol
Counselling, Advice, and Wellness Care from Your Veterinarian in Cary
Your veterinarian can help you keep your pet eating for health. For starters, we may advise different diets and feeding routines for your pet at different stages of his life. Puppies and kittens can require several meals a day, while the adult animal may need only a couple of daily feedings. Senior pets may need to switch to lower-calorie foods in response to reduced metabolic and activity levels. We will also advise you on how to resist handing out table scraps and how to protect your pet accidental exposure to toxic foods.
In some cases, we may prescribe specific foods or nutritional supplements for medical purposes, from specialized diets that address allergies or diseases to foods with anti-inflammatory properties. If your pet needs to lose weight, we can prescribe dietary adjustments and an exercise plan to help re-balance the metabolic scales.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Your pet is depending on you for his nutritional care -- so depend on us. Call our Cary animal hospital at (919) 469-8114 or complete our online form for pet nutrition assistance! We look forward to meeting with you!
Our team is passionate and committed to creating a safe haven for all pets and their families.
Our team consists of skilled and talented pet professionals providing each patient with the highest level of care and treatment in a warm and welcoming environment.
There is no place we would rather be than right here caring for your pets as if the were our own.
We would love to meet you and your pet and have you join our wonderful family of animals and their loving owners. Call our veterinarian in Cary to set up an appointment for a no-obligation consultation.
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