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Posted on 09-26-2017
Nutrition is the cornerstone of health in both pets and people. Here in Gainesville, we like to talk to pet parents about proper nutrition to help keep your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, bird, or other animal as healthy as possible. While there are some general recommendations that apply to most pets, the best nutrition plan is the one that your veterinarian puts together specifically for your pet.
Nutrition needs vary widely in the animals we keep as pets. Dogs and cats need meat proteins and fats, rabbits need a hay-based, high-fiber diet, and reptiles may require specialized feeding with insects or rodents. However, there are some general rules that apply in most situations:
Taking into consideration the general nutrition needs of your pet's species, your vet will then consider your pet as an individual. Young, active pets may require lots of energy, while chubby older pets may need something a little less caloric. Growing pets may require different ratios of fat, carbs, and protein than they do as adults.
Medical conditions also play into your vet's food choice recommendations. Allergies, diabetes, weight, kidney issues, and more can all affect what your pet should eat. Ultimately, your veterinarian is the best source of information about what your individual pet needs.
Nutrition is one area that pet owners frequently don't ask their vets about. However, we love to talk about nutrition at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center because so many conditions can be prevented or improved by feeding a proper diet.
If you want to talk about pet nutrition, contact us today at 352-373-8055 to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians. Be sure to check our site for web and new client specials.
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