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Posted on 02-01-2018

6 Tips for a Healthy Pet Diet

A nutritious diet plays an important role in pet’s overall health and longevity. Nutritious food provides your animal companion with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to grow, play, and age well.

Dog eating healthy dog food.

Our veterinarian can help you determine which foods are best for your pet’s health, depending on your pet’s age and overall health. We can also help you determine how much you should feed your dog or cat, and if you should give your pet supplements.

Provide Your Pet with Fresh Water at Least Once Each Day

Accounting for 60 to 70 percent of a pet’s body weight, water is essential for life. Make sure your pet has steady access to fresh, clean water at all times.

Go Easy on the Treats

Treats should account for no more than 10 percent of your pet’s total intake. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requires nutrition labels for pet foods. They do not require such labels for treats, however, so treats may not contain nutritious ingredients.

Say No to Scraps

Resist sharing “people food” with your pets, as this can lead to obesity. Furthermore, the human food you share may not be good for your pets.

Adjust Your Pet’s Diet Over Time

Nutrition needs change over time. An older dog does not burn as many calories as a young dog, for example, so you may need to feed your older dog less to help it avoid unwanted weight gain.

Consider Nutritional Supplements

Some pets need extra vitamins or minerals for good health.

Consult with Our Veterinarian for Nutritional Counseling

For more tips and information on a healthy diet for your pet, make an appointment with Doerr Animal Clinic. Our veterinary care professionals have the training, expertise and experience in pet nutrition that you need to ensure your gets all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs for a long and healthy life. 

Doerr Animal Clinic is conveniently located at 2050 Herr Lane in Louisville, KY. Make an appointment today by calling 502-425-1275

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