Nutrition plays an important part in your dog or cat’s overall health. Our veterinary team can support you in making the best choices to support your dog or cat’s dietary needs, which could eliminate the chances of developing certain health issues.
How can my dog or cat’s food affect their health?
They need a range of nutrients to support their overall health and well-being. Cats and dogs are carnivores, which means meat is a crucial part of their diet. However, not all dog/cat foods are created with high-quality ingredients, which could cause digestive issues or other complications. Pets who eat nutrient-rich, balanced diets tend to live a longer, healthier life.
How do I know if I’m choosing high-quality foods?
There’s no shortage of options for cat or dog owners to choose from in the pet food aisle. Different brands all seem to be claiming to be the best, with a host of nutritional benefits. However, not all pet foods are created equal. Nutrition counselling can support you in choosing the right foods for them by assessing their specific dietary needs and tailoring a plan with high-quality foods. We can also make recommendations, based on what your dog or cat is already eating and determine how best to support them. To book a consultation, contact us at 613-384-0986.
What types of nutrients does a balanced diet include?
Although dogs and cats are carnivores, this doesn’t mean their diets should only include meat. They require a balance of different nutrients to support essential body functions. When determining which foods best suit their dietary needs, always consult ingredient lists. Don’t be fooled by labels claiming to be the “best” or “most nutrient-rich”, but instead closely assess the ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to be mindful of ingredients you’re unfamiliar with. Below are some guidelines you can follow when looking at the ingredients:
- Meat should be at the top of the ingredient list
- Carbohydrates like oats or sweet potatoes
- Healthy fats like olive oil
- Vitamins and minerals like calcium