Nutrition & Diet
“What should I feed my pet?”
“How many times a day and how much food should I give my pet at each meal?”
With so many varieties and brands of pet food on the market today, it can be difficult to decide what food is best for your dog or cat. The dietary needs of pets vary greatly depending on factors such as breed, size, and age. At West Hills North Veterinary Clinic, we examine all of these factors and your pet’s medical history to determine which diet will keep your pet healthy.
Tufts Nutrition Website: http://vet.tufts.edu/nutrition/faq/
Pet Weight Management
Maintaining an appropriate weight will increase your pet’s life span and overall health. Your pet should not be overweight or underweight, as both can cause illness, injury, and other health complications. We can help you determine what is best for your pet based on their current weight. Whether your pet is overweight or underweight, we will come up with a plan for you to get your cat or dog back to their ideal weight. Oftentimes, it’s as simple as modifying your pet’s food intake, and adjusting their levels of physical activity. In some circumstances, there are instances where prescription pet food may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Prescription Pet Food
West Hills North Veterinary Clinic offers a variety of prescription pet foods at our pharmacy. Prescription diets are normally recommended for pets that have been diagnosed with a medical condition. This type of diet can help regulate your pet’s nutritional needs, and help them receive balanced nutrients tailored to their needs. Prescription diets may help with certain health issues including:
- Cardiac disease
- Early or advanced kidney disease
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Liver disease
- Food allergies
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Urinary disease
- Bladder stones
- Cognitive functioning
Our priority is to ensure that your pet leads a happy and healthy lifestyle. If you have any nutrition or dietary concerns, please speak with our veterinarians regarding any questions you may have.