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Nutrition Why is it so important to your pet

Nutrition is a perennially debated topic among pet owners, each having their own convictions about what constitutes a healthy diet for their furry companions. While opinions may be firmly held, it's crucial not to let preconceived notions dictate how you approach pet nutrition. Boulevard Veterinary Hospital, serving Norfolk, VA, is well-equipped to address all your pet nutrition concerns. A poorly planned pet nutrition regimen can lead to issues like overfeeding, obesity, and other long-term health problems. To prevent such issues, it's essential to understand your pet’s nutritional needs and work closely with a veterinarian near you.


What Constitutes a Healthy Diet for Cats?

Dietary needs can vary among pets, but there are general guidelines that can help guide you. Let’s delve into the recommended dietary guidelines for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, requiring animal products in their diet. While crafting a diet featuring fresh meat and fish is ideal, it might be impractical for many pet owners due to time constraints or other factors.

Thankfully, commercially available cat food options meeting AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) guidelines can provide sufficient nutrition. Consult your veterinarian to identify the best dry or canned food options for your cat. For kittens, it's recommended to feed them three times a day. As your pet reaches six months of age, you can transition to two daily feedings to prevent overfeeding.

What Constitutes a Healthy Diet for Dogs?

Similar to cats, commercial dog food is readily available. Opt for options adhering to AAFCO guidelines, as they are formulated to meet the typical dietary requirements of dogs. Both dry and canned food varieties can provide adequate nutrition. Work closely with your veterinarian to select the best commercial options for your dog.

Importantly, your dog’s breed can impact its nutritional needs. Rare breeds might not have their dietary requirements adequately covered by some commercial pet food options, necessitating additional supplements for a balanced diet.

To prevent obesity, consider the feeding frequency. Puppies should be fed three times a day, while adult dogs can thrive on two daily feedings. Feeding an adult dog at least three times daily is an option, but strict portion control is essential.

Crafting a Solid Nutrition Plan with Your Veterinarian

Boulevard Veterinary Hospital is committed to helping you develop a nutrition plan tailored to your beloved pet's needs. Call us today or visit our Norfolk location to gain insights into your furry friend’s nutritional requirements.