Americans are known for obsessing over our diets, and this obsession is easily translated into the world of our pets and what they eat. Not only are there hundreds of different brands of pet food to choose from, but almost everywhere you turn, someone is touting the latest dietary trend as the best way to feed your pet.
As stressful as it can be to figure out how to provide your pet with the nutrients they need to live long, healthy lives, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can walk you through what every pet owner should know when it comes to proper pet nutrition.
Pet Nutrition Basics
The old saying, “You are what you eat!” is as true for pets as it is for people. A balanced, complete, life-stage appropriate, and species-specific diet is essential for all animals, and should the correct balance of:
The Dangers Of Fad Diets
Grain-free, organic, raw, non-GMO, paleo, vegan… these trends, once limited only to humans, have made their way onto the shelves at pet supply stores across the nation thanks in part to the proliferation of online information. Fad diets are not only expensive, they can also have disastrous health consequences, such as:
- Grain-free diets have been linked to heart disease (due to nutrient deficiency)
- Raw food diets pose a serious risk of food poisoning
- Vegan or vegetarian diets can lead to dangerous nutrient deficiencies, especially in cats who rely on meat to provide the vital amino acid taurine
In our digital age, it’s easy to turn to “Dr. Google” for answers to so many questions, including information regarding pet nutrition and questions like “what to feed my dog.” Unfortunately, so much of what we see or read online comes from dubious sources, and because of this, we always recommend talking with your trusted family veterinarian before making any changes in your pet’s diet.
Let Us Help
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive nutrition and weight management services, designed at pointing the specific dietary needs of your pet, and making recommendations regarding food, portion control, exercise, and lifestyle modifications designed to fully support your pet’s long term health.
Pet nutrition is our passion at Oakhurst, and we want to help you find the healthiest food to feed your dog or cat. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help your pet live his or her best life!