Pet Nutrition

Nutrition as Preventative Care: How Your Pet's Food Can Boost Their Health

Feeding your pet properly is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Food allergies, sensitivities, and other health conditions can make it tough to figure out what foods are the best fit for your pet. At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL, our veterinarian and animal care team are here to provide you with help and support to ensure that your pet's food meets all of its needs.

Pet Nutrition

Common Food Allergies in Pets

Food allergies can be tough to spot since your dog or cat cannot tell you which foods give them an allergic reaction. That is why it can be helpful to know some general food allergies your pet may face.

Proteins are the most common allergen for dogs. Many canines are allergic to proteins derived from eggs, chicken, dairy, beef, soy, and gluten. Cats are often allergic to similar proteins, as well as proteins derived from seafood.

It is important to work closely with your veterinarian if you think that your pet may have a food allergy. Our veterinarian can help you determine the cause of the allergy and create a nutrition plan for your pet.

Making the Most of Your Pet's Nutrition Plan

Food allergies and sensitivities are not the only concern when it comes to pet nutrition. It is also important that you are meeting your pet's caloric needs. Overfeeding your pet can result in obesity and obesity-related conditions, while underfeeding can make it impossible for it to thrive.

The proper amount of food for your pet will depend on its breed, age, body weight, activity level, type of food, and more. Your veterinarian will tell you exactly how much food your pet should be eating each day. Do not forget that treats and table scraps add to your pet's calorie count. It is important to keep your pet’s weight within a healthy range to avoid a wide variety of health conditions.

Do not hesitate to contact our veterinarian if you are not sure what food is the best for your pet. Our veterinarian can also help your pet gain or lose weight. We are here to work with you to make sure your pet's nutritional needs are met.

West Boca Veterinary Center: Your Boca Raton, FL, Veterinarian

It is important to know what the proper foods and nutrients are to give your pet, so be sure to contact West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL, to help your pet live a long, healthy life. Call and schedule an appointment with us today at (561) 451-8838 . Our animal care team is here to help your pet live its best life possible.

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