Proper Nutrition For Healthy Pets

Just like humans, dogs and cats may become overweight and obese. The cause of obesity is most commonly due to lack of exercise combined with excessive food intake. Recent estimates reveal that 40–50% of dogs are overweight and 25% are obese.

At Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic, we know good health and good nutrition go hand in hand. When it comes to our furry family members, we know it can be tempting to reward them with the tasty treats they enjoy so much, table scraps, and extra snacks. But too much of a good thing can have bad results. Obesity-related health problems include:

  • Heart disease
  • Shortened life span
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diabetes
  • Joint and ligament damage, including arthritis
  • Immune system problems

We can help with nutritional counseling for you and your pet. Your dog or cat’s diet will be analyzed and recommendations will be given to you for appropriate foods, such as those from Science Diet and Royal Canin. There are also many ways to help your pet get more exercise that are fun for both of you, and we’ll show you how.

Foods Can Cause Pet Allergies

Some foods are more likely to cause allergies in pets. The most common are beef, dairy products, chicken, lamb, fish, chicken eggs, corn, wheat, and soy. Food allergy symptoms are similar to those of most of the allergies common to dogs and cats. We will work with you to isolate the offending food and put your pet on an appropriate, nutritious diet.

Caution: Some Foods Are Toxic to Pets

We encourage you not to feed human foods to pets. Many foods that we enjoy, such as chocolate, can cause illness and even death. The following list contains some of the foods that are toxic for pets:

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions and garlic
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast dough
  • Coffee grounds, coffee beans, and tea
  • Tomato leaves and stems
  • Broccoli in large amounts
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Xylitol sweetener

For more information on nutritional counseling, please contact us.

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