Proper Nutrition is important for your Pets
The proper balance of nutrients is essential when feeding your dog. Animals (and humans) need a certain combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day in order to function normally. Balanced nutrition is no accident – pet food manufacturers work hard to determine the exact formula that goes into their products so that they provide everything your dog needs on a daily basis.
There are foods designed for specific stages of life (such as for puppies or geriatric dogs), while some provide hypoallergenic nutrition and other formulations are developed to control specific health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, etc.
Each and every nutrient in your dog’s food has a purpose. Without adequate nutrition, your dog would not be able to maintain muscle tone, build and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, perform normal daily activities with ease or fight-off infection. Proteins provide a source of energy and help with muscle function and growth. Fats provide energy, help the brain function, and keep the skin and hair coat shiny and healthy. Carbohydrates supply a source of quick energy that allow your dog to be active and energetic. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for muscle contraction and nerve conduction and they work to prevent disease.
Pet Nutrition Assessment As Performed By Us
The two-part nutritional assessment process is important to evaluate the overall health and dietary needs of each patient:
SCREENING EVALUATION is performed on every animal and integrated seamlessly as a part of every patient exam. This evaluation includes assessing current nutrition and amount, activity level and age.
EXTENDED EVALUATION is performed when one or more nutrition-related risk factors are found or suspected based on the screening evaluation. Some nutrition-related risk factors include:
- Activity level
- Disease condition
- Poor skin or coat
- Receiving medications and/or dietary supplements