Pet Nutrition Tips for your Dog or Cat

Pet nutrition requirements can vary, depending upon the breed, activity, metabolism, and owner′s preference. Whether or not an animal is fed once or twice daily, it should be fed simultaneously, and fresh drinking water should always be made available. Just as with humans, a dog′s appetite may vary daily. This should not pose a problem unless the loss of appetite persists or the dog shows signs of illness or weight loss.

Even though your pet might enjoy meat, it is not a balanced diet. Raw meats may contain parasites and cooked meats can be high in fat. If supplemental meat or table scraps are fed, they should not account for more than 10% of your pet’s diet. Higher levels can dilute the nutritional value of the commercial diet, predispose an animal to obesity and may create a finicky eater. Also, soft bones, such as chicken bones, should never be given as chew toys, as they may splinter and lodge in the mouth and throat.

Here at Beyond Pets Animal Hospital, we carry a variety of formulated nutritional balanced diets for each specific age of your dog or cat as well as prescribed diets that help meet the needs of geriatric pets or those who suffer from heart conditions, gastrointestinal conditions, kidney problems, obesity, diabetes, colitis and some types of allergies.

If your dog is experiencing medical problems, speak with a Doctor to see if a recommended prescription diet may benefit your pet′s current medical condition or nutritional needs.

The internet contains a vast amount of information on pet nutrition. Here we will provide several links to quality websites with information on your pet′s nutrition.

Purina Pet Nutrition

Beyond Pets Animal Hospital recommends Purina Pet Nutrition food for your dog or cat. Your dog’s size, age and energy level are a huge part of their unique personality. They’re also the reasons that every dog’s nutritional needs are different. Here you’ll get the important information you need to find the perfect balance for your special friend, including food facts, vitamins and minerals, aging, and allergies and obesity.