A complete and balanced diet is essential for your dog and cat throughout their lifetime. As pets age, their nutritional needs change. Younger pets need diets to support a more active lifestyle and healthy, growing bones and muscles. Older pets benefit from fewer calories.
We recommend feeding foods from reputable manufacturers, the manufacturers that also make veterinary prescription diets such as Science Diet, Royal Canin, Iams, and Purina. As a whole, these brands have scientific and veterinary research behind them that prove they are balanced, healthy diets.
Maintaining your pet’s ideal body weight will keep your pet healthy and vital and can improve his or her life expectancy. A pet that is overweight or underweight may be experiencing an illness and may be more susceptible to disease and injury. Obesity is a complicating factor in heart conditions, arthritis, liver conditions and other ailments. Many gastrointestinal ailments can be linked to inappropriate diets, and many skin problems have a nutritional component to them.
If your pet is overweight, there are many things you can do to help him or her get back into shape. Speaking with us is the first place to start. For some pets, feeding a diet formulated for weight loss and carefully selecting lower calorie treats can help. Increasing exercise as appropriate for your pet may be helpful. Most often, simply learning the correct volume of food to offer works wonders.
We carry top of the line therapeutic prescription dog and cat foods. These diets are formulated for the optimal balance of pet health and nutritional support. Therapeutic diets are formulated to address specific health conditions, and we carry therapeutic diets designed to support a variety of health issues, including:
We will discuss the various food choices that are best for your pet’s health and body condition with you during your pet’s wellness exam. If you have any questions about the food you are feeding your dog or cat, please give us a call—we will be happy to answer all of your questions!
Clients of West Hills Animal Hospital & Emergency Center never pay any additional after-hours emergency fees!