Sep 25 2018

Puppy Nutrition

Choosing an appropriate food for your dog or cat is an important decision that can maintain and improve your pet’s lifelong health. With so many options available, it may seem overwhelming to pick the best diet for your pet. Each pet’s nutritional requirements are unique based on their age, activity level, lifestyle, and any existing medical conditions. The veterinarians at Brentwood Animal Hospital recommend completely balanced diets which are formulated by veterinary nutritionists, have undergone extensive food-trial safety testing, and verified by AAFCO (Association of Animal Feed Control Officials).

Proper nutrition is vital in supporting healthy development of growing puppies and kitten. During stages of growth, puppies require a different balance of vitamins and minerals in comparison to adult animals. In general, we recommend feeding puppies a diet made for growth for the first full year of life. However, a veterinarian can make specific suggestions based on the individual needs of your pet.

Below are a few suggestions of balanced diets formulated by nutritionists and have undergone extensive safety testing:

  1.       Purina Pro-Plan puppy
  2.       Hill’s Science Diet
  3.        Royal Canin
  4.       Eukanuba

This list of recommendations does not encompass all the appropriate diets available for your pet. Each pet is unique and may require additional considerations. In some cases, home-made diets are desired. These diets should be formulated specifically for each individual pet by a certified veterinary nutritionist to ensure that they are completely balanced and meet the required standards of vitamin and mineral balance.

Dog and cat foods are constantly evolving and changing. New dietary options are available weekly and choosing the proper diet may feel like a difficult decision. The staff and veterinarians at Brentwood Animal Hospital would be happy to assist you in making the proper choice for your pet. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns.

 

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