Good nutrition enhances your pet’s quality and quantity of life, and it is integral to optimal animal care. At Badger Veterinary Hospital, we believe that precise nutrition has a significant impact on the health and well-being of all pets by playing a fundamental role in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Pet Nutrition 101
Your dog or cat’s nutritional needs vary depending on breed, age, and lifestyle. Your pet will need a different formula as a puppy or kitten than as an adult dog or cat and also as she becomes a senior. Understanding basic nutrient needs can help you choose a high-quality diet that will support optimal growth and health throughout your pet’s lifetime.
Protein helps support the development of tissues, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin and hair, and can also provide energy. Highly digestible proteins are easier for your pet to absorb which makes it is easier to meet his/her health requirements.
Fats and Fatty Acids
Fats are the most concentrated form of energy. They also provide your pet with fatty acids, assist with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and add flavor to food.
Carbohydrates and Dietary Fiber
Digestible carbohydrates and dietary fiber help maintain healthy gastrointestinal movement while allowing your pet to feel full.
Essential minerals support healthy growth, development, and functioning of your pet’s organs.
Vitamins help your pet’s body develop and function properly. When feeding a complete and balanced diet, it is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian.
Water is vital for your pet’s well-being. It supports overall health, promotes healthy digestion, and regulates body temperature. Pets need to have fresh, clean water available to them at all times.
Recommendations for Overweight Pets
Just like humans, obesity has become a common problem with pets. Being overweight can be detrimental to your dog or cat’s health. Obesity can negatively impact your pet’s health and longevity and increase your pet’s risk for:
- Heart disease
- Arthritis and faster degeneration of joints
- Urinary bladder stones
Obesity occurs when energy intake (food) exceeds energy output (calories burned through activity and exercise). The majority of pet obesity cases are related to simple overfeeding coupled with a lack of exercise. In other cases, obesity may be an indicator of disease.
Treatment for obesity is focused on weight loss and maintaining a decreased body weight for the long term. Consult your veterinarian for pet food and feeding recommendations. Increase both frequency and duration of exercise. Monitor treats, cut down on or cut out human food, and feed smaller, more frequent meals.
Royal Canin®: The Nutritional Solution
Badger Veterinary Hospital proudly carries Royal Canin® Veterinary-Exclusive diets and breed-specific formulas for dogs and cats.
Pets are not people; they are unique animals with unique nutritional needs that are distinctly different than our own. Royal Canin makes the most precise and effective nutrition for dogs and cats based on size, age, lifestyle, breed, and to address specific needs through extensive scientific research.
Veterinary-Exclusive diets support a wide range of health issues such as:
- Urinary health
- Skin and food allergies
- Digestive support
- Liver health
- Joint support
- Illness and surgery recovery
- Renal health
- Weight management
- Cardiac health
Veterinary-Exclusive formulas also offer a full line of well-pet food that provide complete and balanced nutrition for healthy dogs and cats. And to address the unique needs of purebred dogs and cats, Badger Veterinary Hospital carries Royal Canin® breed-specific formulas.
Royal Canin nutrition can be purchased at your Badger Veterinary Hospital clinic and through Badger Vet’s online pharmacy.
With a firm commitment to your pet’s health and weight, you will feel confident that your dog or cat is eating healthy and feeling its best!