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The healthier your dog, cat, or even bird or reptile is when it comes to what they eat, the more chance there will be that you get to love your pet and keep him around for a long time. You can do your part as a pet owner to ensure that your pet stays healthy with nutritional counseling for cats and dogs here with one of our veterinarians in Winnipeg.
If you are like most pet owners, choosing the best food for your pet at the store is all about choosing something that they will actually eat. While it is always good if your dog or cat enjoys the food that you buy, this alone is not enough to ensure that they are getting the best in pet nutrition. There are several different factors that go into building the appropriate diet for your dog or cat, including:
By using these factors, our veterinarian in Winnipeg can work with you to determine a feeding regimen that will be the healthiest for your pet.
Improper diet can lead to a host of issues for your pet, but vitamin and mineral deficiency could easily be cited as one of the most dangerous. Foods that have a lot of filler ingredients and byproducts may make your pet feel like they are satisfied when they eat, but will leave them without the most important components to keep them healthy. A diet that is lacking in the proper vitamins and minerals can lead to many problems. If your dog or cat's diet is lacking in nutritive value, it is a good idea to talk to a veterinarian in Winnipeg who can help.
A pet can have allergies to some components in their food just the same as you can as a human. Unfortunately, because pets cannot verbally communicate that their food is making them feel badly, a lot of owners do not catch on to food allergies early on. Pay careful attention to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or odd behavior after your pet eats, and contact our offices for help with diagnosing food allergens that may be causing the problem.
A lot of pet owners assume that a plump cat or dog must be a healthy one. However, pet obesity is a serious problem that can lead to many health concerns, such as arthritis and inflammation of the joints, diabetes, and even organ failure. If your dog or cat seems overweight, bring your pet to our clinic so we can assess their dietary and activity needs to get them on the right track to a healthy weight.
Regardless of what nutritional problems you are having with your pet, we can help here at the Best Friends Animal Hospital. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians in Winnipeg.