A pet’s diet plays an important role in their overall health, wellness, and longevity. The team at Borgfeld Animal Hospital is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing quality of life, through a tailored dietary program for our patients. The pet food market is flooded with brands and labels advertising corn, wheat, or soy-free foods. It’s confusing and overwhelming to pick the right food for your pet. Our experienced staff will discuss the pros and cons of these foods, as well as debunk any pet food myths.
Along with our allergy practice, we are able to recommend and prescribe the right allergen-free diet for your pet. Feeding your pet the right diet could alleviate symptoms like itching, diarrhea, vomiting, pain, and infections. The right diet can also enhance and improve your pet’s skin and coat and will provide them with the optimal nutrition needed to maintain health.
Sometimes prescription diets aren’t necessary for a pet’s weight management. We will work with you to calculate caloric intake of your current food so that your pet achieves their optimal weight for their size and age. Cats have protein requirements that can exceed the protein requirements of some dogs. It is very important to help your pet maintain a healthy weight so they can avoid chronic diseases associated with obesity.
Many studies have shown that obesity can have detrimental effects on the health and longevity of cats and dogs. Pet obesity increases the risk for the following chronic diseases:
- Orthopedic disease
- Cardiorespiratory disease
- Urinary disorders
- Skin disease
Preventing obesity is the best way to decrease the risk of your pet developing more health issues, however if your pet needs to shed some weight, we are happy to discuss nutritional management and activity requirements. Our staff can discuss the pros and cons of commercially available pet foods and which one may be the best fit to help keep your pet at a healthy weight.
Each pet has different dietary needs at various life stages and conditions. For example, there are specific diets for pets with heart, joint, or liver disease. Puppies need a specific diet compared to an older, senior pet. Large breed dogs need a specific diet compared to smaller breeds. We are happy to consult with you about the best food for your pet.