One of the more confusing areas of pet ownership is the issue of nutrition. Today’s pet owners have more choices than they have ever had in what they can feed their animal companions. In addition, pets may have different needs, at different points in their lives, which can make choosing the right food even more puzzling Animal Hospital of Loves Park can provide advice on choosing the right food for your pet’s continued good health.
What You Should Look For in Your Pet’s Food
One of the first things you should look for on the label of any pet food you are considering is the phrase “complete and balanced.” This phrase is designation determined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to ensure that animal foods contain appropriate nutritional elements. The label will have the ingredients listed by weight, that is, the food will contain more of the first few ingredients than those listed further down the list. The guaranteed analysis will provide information on how much protein, fat, fiber, and moisture are in the formula.
Foods for Specific Needs
As you walk through the aisles of your local pet store, you will see an almost endless parade of dietary formulations for your pet. Pet food companies spend large sums researching the best combinations of nutrients for optimum health. Many of these choices include combinations of ingredients that are used to help animals that have allergies or food sensitivities that cause reactions. Others provide additional nutrition for puppies or senior animals.
In some cases, your vet may advise you to use a prescription food formula if your pet has a health issue. Special prescription formulas are available for things like:
- weight management
- kidney impairment
- skin sensitivities
- gastrointestinal problems
- and other issues
These foods can be used in combination with other treatments to manage specific veterinary issues. Your Loves Park veterinarian can also advise you on the best food for your pet and whether additional nutritional supplements may be helpful.
Questions about your pet’s diet? Contact us today!
Dr. Shahid Amin and his staff work hard to provide comprehensive care and individualized attention for pets in Loves Park, IL and nearby communities. We offer care for your pet at all stages of life and can help pet owners make decisions about appropriate nutrition, health concerns, and behavioral issues. Call Animal Hospital of Loves Park today at (815) 986-4445