Nutrition for Pets at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center
Your pet may genuinely love the food you're serving him, but can you be that he's getting the right nutrients? Nutrition for pets can prove a tricky proposition. That's why you should leave your pet's nutritional issues to Boyd Lake Veterinary Center. We can advise you on the smartest ways to keep your pet healthy through proper nutrition and sensible dietary habits, supporting a higher quality of life for many years to come.
Why Proper Nutrition Is Critical
Your pet must take in certain nutrients so that his body can continue to perform countless essential tasks, from tissue repair and hormone production to disease resistance. These nutrients include substances such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as precise balances of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, on size does not fit all where pet nutrition is concerned. Complicating factors include:
- Needs of specific species - Most human foods are too heavy in fats and sugars for pets, while also lacking the correct balance of nutrients. Additionally, cats and dogs have different nutritional needs and must be fed different foods.
- Age-related needs - Baby animals usually need more calories, distributed as multiple daily meals, to support their rapid growth and development. Adult pets need less food, and fewer meals, especially as they become more sedentary.
- Specific health issues - Many pets are allergic to certain foods, reacting with symptoms ranging from respiratory problems to dermatitis. Arthritis, diabetes, kidney failure, and other conditions can be aggravated by the wrong food choices. Obese pets are especially vulnerable to chronic health problems.
At Boyd Lake Veterinary Center, we can help your pet enjoy a lifetime of good nutrition. We can educate you on how to feed your baby, adult, or senior animal. Annual wellness exams allow us to check your pet's weight and detect any health conditions that might require special diets. Your pet might benefit from a low-calorie diet, a hypoallergenic diet, an anti-inflammatory diet, or special nutritional mixes aimed at supporting other ailments.
Make sure that your pet's food appeals not just to his palate, but also to his health. Call Boyd Lake Veterinary Center in Loveland, CO, at 970-593-1717 to schedule a wellness exam and any necessary nutritional care!