Food serves as the fuel that we need to maintain energy and good health. The same goes for our cherished loyal companions. Due to the countless options available in stores and online, we understand that it can be confusing to decide which type of food is best for your pet. At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, our staff is available to help answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s nutrition. Please contact us and we will be more than happy to help you via phone or through a scheduled consultation if the need arises.
Can I buy my pet’s food at the veterinary hospital?
Yes. We have many diet options available, ranging from maintenance diets for the young and healthy, to more specialized diets for those patients with particular conditions. We carry Royal Canin Diets and Hill’s Prescription Diets.
What is the best type of food for my cat/dog/pet?
When it comes to diet and nutrition, there really is no one-size-fits all option. It’s important that your pet goes in for regular full body examinations, so their veterinarian can advise you on the type of diet plan that they need to be on at different stages of their life. This is the value of nutrition counselling. The veterinarian can provide you with recommendations and guidelines that are specifically catered for your pet and their lifestyle. It will take the guesswork out of their nutritional needs.
What are symptoms that my pet has nutritional problems?
Your pet may display reactions to certain types of pet food (especially those that have certain additives). In addition, due to a variety of causes such as an undiagnosed medical condition, they may not be getting the proper nutrition they need from more traditional diets. Some of the warning signs that your pet may be nutrient deficient include:
- Low energy levels
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Visible disorders on their skin or fur
- Changes in the appearance of their feces