Pet Nutrition:

Fulfilling Your Pet’s Needs

Pet food

Everyone knows just how essential a balanced diet is to our health. The same holds true for our pets. A pet’s nutritional needs will vary according to a number of factors, including his or her species, age, size, breed, activity level, and any ongoing health conditions.

At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, our veterinarians and staff will work closely with you to ensure that your pet is obtaining the proper nutrients and calories to suit his or her needs throughout each stage of life.

Puppies and kittens require essential nutrients to help them grow. However, various breeds grow at different rates, so it’s important to select a food that’s appropriate for your young pet’s needs.

Once your pet reaches adulthood, his or her nutritional needs will change. Keeping a pet on puppy or kitten food too long can lead to weight gain, so it’s a good idea to discuss when and how to transition to an adult formula.

Pet obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Being overweight can lead to a number of pet health issues, ranging from diabetes and high blood pressure to joint and ligament injuries, to name just a few.

Each time your pet comes in for a wellness exam, our veterinarians will review his or her diet and activity level. If it becomes difficult to feel your pet’s ribs or to find his or her waist, then nutritional adjustments may be necessary.

One step you can take to help prevent your pet from becoming overweight is to schedule specific feeding times rather than allowing free feeding. Not only will this enable you to control the amount your cat or dog eats, but it also presents a wonderful bonding opportunity.

Once cats and dogs reach the age of 7, they are considered to be senior pets. At this life stage, your pet may develop health conditions that necessitate a special diet. We offer a variety of high-quality prescription diets to assist cats and dogs that are experiencing skin disorders, pet dental issues, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, urinary tract issues, cancer, and more.

Proper nutrition is just one component of your pet’s overall wellness plan. We will do everything we can to ensure your pet is happy, healthy, and active for many years to come!