For both animals and people, a nutritious diet is the cornerstone of continued health and wellness. Eating well helps to manage weight, prevent disease, and maintain mental and physical health. As a pet owner, it is your job to provide your pet with the nutritious and balanced diet that he needs. Talk to your veterinarian about which kind of food may be best for your beloved pet. In the meantime, here are some tips for choosing the best possible diet for your pet:
Do Your Research
- The diet that you choose for your pet will depend on his age, breed, size, and species. Research will help to ensure that you are prepared to make the best choice possible for your pet’s diet.
Read the Labels Closely
- When choosing food for your pet, read the labels closely to make sure it contains all of the essential vitamins and minerals that he needs to stay well. Cats, for example, are unable to synthesize taurine, an amino acid necessary for visual and cardiovascular function. Taurine, therefore, must be obtained through your cat’s diet. Most cat foods contain the nutrient, but it is always important to make sure before buying.
Know Your Pet’s Dietary Requirements
- If your pet is overweight or suffers from a chronic illness such as diabetes or kidney failure, he may require a specifically regulated diet. By choosing the right diet and providing proper portions, you can help to manage your pet’s condition and improve his quality of life.
Ask Your Veterinarian
- Consulting with your veterinarian is also very important in choosing the right diet for your pet. He or she will help you to make the best possible decisions to promote your pet’s continued health.
At Hudson Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to provide dietary counseling as a part of our full range of services. Our veterinary specialists can help you learn more about your pet’s unique dietary requirements and whether or not a prescription diet is recommended. If you are interested in meeting with one of our veterinarians, call our Ossining animal hospital today at (914) 762-0063.