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The role of nutrition in veterinary medicine is hard to overstate. After all, you are what you eat, and so is your pet. Unfortunately, there are nearly as many junk foods out there for pets as there are for people. A veterinarian is the best person to help you figure out fact from fiction when it comes to feeding your furry friend.
Pet Nutrition Basics
Dogs and cats are both basically carnivorous, but they are a little different. Dogs are built to eat a meat-based diet that includes certain sources of carbohydrates as energy. However, cats are built to eat a diet comprised entirely of meat. Both species need more fat and protein in their diets than humans do.
Good versus Bad Pet Foods
There is no one food that is perfect for all pets, even within a given species, age range, or breed. Animals are individuals, just like people, and what works for one may not work for another. This is why it is best to consult our veterinarian in Maple Heights when you are trying to figure out the best food for your pet.
There are many good examples of contradictory nutrition needs in different pets:
- Most dogs and cats do well on a high-fat diet, but some with conditions like pancreatitis do not.
- Most dogs and cats do well on a high-protein diet, but some who have conditions like kidney disease do not.
- The source of carbohydrates (grain versus potato/pea/etc.) does not matter for most pets, but it can be important for pets with food allergies.
- Some pets require only wet food or only dry food due to dental conditions, susceptibility to urinary tract infections, or other issues.
The very cheapest foods on the market are usually made from inferior, leftover ingredients and should be avoided. However, it is not necessary to purchase the most expensive foods available in order to provide your pet with ideal nutrition. Ideally, the food that you choose should contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. These ingredients are frequently found in low-quality foods, and none of them are necessary.
Nutrition is the backbone of health for both pets and people. If your Maple Heights OH pet's diet needs a tune-up, now is the time to speak to our veterinarian. A little attention paid to nutrition now can save you from a lot of problems later on.
Learn More About Pet Nutrition from Suburban Veterinary Clinic
Suburban Veterinary Clinic provides access to a skilled, experienced veterinarian in Maple Heights OH. If you are wondering if your pet is eating a proper diet, we are happy to speak to you. Call us today at (216) 662-6117 to make an appointment. New clients receive 20 percent off their first visit!