Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thoughts on Nutrition

We often stress to our clients the importance of preventative medicine, and good nutrition is one of the easiest ways to insure a healthy pet.  Many problems we see can be helped with a better diet.

One of the easiest things we can do is feed dry food, which, along with regular home care, will help decrease dental disease.  Pets that are fed canned food need more dentals (and this will cost you more money).

An easy pitfall that many people fall into is to buy inexpensive pet food to save money.  In reality, though, these foods end up costing you more money over the course of a year.  These foods are inexpensive because many of the ingredients are cheap fillers.  More fillers equates to your pet eating more on a daily basis, which means more pet food per year than with premium diets.  (This also means more stools to pick up, and who wants to do that?)

We also have to consider the ingredients.  There is no reason that your pet's food needs sugar, sucrose, or corn syrup.  These are just sweetners that make poor food taste better.  Another unnecessary ingredient is food coloring.  This is just added to make the food look better to us.

Feeding premium diets provides better teeth, skin and liver function, and it is cheaper on a yearly basis.  It all starts when that new puppy or kitten becomes part of our family.  Feeding the appropriate puppy or kitten food will go a long way toward providing a lifetime of proper nutrition.

Todd Whitney, DVM

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