Healthy Diets, Healthy Pets
Feeding your pet a balanced diet provides the framework for a long and healthy life. At Suburban Animal Hospital, our team will help you design and implement a plan that keeps your pet both healthy and satisfied.
The Right Food vs. the Best Food
When it comes to pet food, no product is the absolute “best.” However, you can select the right food based on your pet’s individual needs. Our recommendations follow the guidelines of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which ensure the proper amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and nutrients. When discussing food, we also consider age and lifestyle. In general, we recommend Purina Pro Plan, which offers a variety of healthy options for all stages of development.
As strong proponents of pet owner education, we encourage you to become knowledgeable about reading pet food labels. Terms such as “human grade” and “grain-free” can be misleading, and we want you to have accurate information when making decisions for your pet.
Pet Weight Loss and Management
According to a 2014 study, more than 52 percent of dogs and 57 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese.. If your pet is included in these statistics, you are not alone. Suburban Animal Hospital is here to help.
For cats and dogs, being even slightly overweight can put them at risk for developing serious medical conditions. Common weight-related disorders include:
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Heart and respiratory disease
- High blood pressure
- Various forms of cancer
To protect your pet’s health, consider these weight loss tips:
- Feeding 2-3 meals a day burns more calories and can reduce begging since food is in your pet’s stomach more often.
- Divide meals into small quantities and place them in different locations around the house to encourage hunting. Consider purchasing a toy that rolls around and slowly releases food, encouraging pets to “work” for their meal.
- Make a treat bag that contains only the daily allotted amount of snack calories for your pet. When the bag is empty, your pet should not receive any more treats that day. Be sure to involve the whole family!
- For cats, use interactive toys that require effort (such as laser pointers), toys that roll, or crumpled paper. Try throwing toys or treats upstairs so your cat is required to climb and retrieve them.
On the Web
In addition to consulting your veterinarian, here are some credible online resources that might be helpful as you help your pet begin his or her weight loss journey.