Did you know nutrition is such an important part of our pets health and well being that the Global Nutrition Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) consider nutrition to be the 5th vital sign when assessing a pets health, along with heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and gum colour.
Nutritional requirements are unique to each individual animal depending on a number of factors such as:
- Age / Life Stage
- Current Health Status
How to tell what diet is most suitable for your pet?
We run free nutritional consultations with our veterinary nurses all year round. In these consultations the nurse will ask a brief history of your pet and their current feeding styles.
From there they will also perform a thorough physical examination of your pet to see if there are any specific needs that your pet may need from their nutrition.
We have a vast range of high quality pet foods including Hills and Royal Canin, we also have the ability to order in specific brands or types of food that are specific to your pet if we do not have them available in store!
What is a Life Stage and why is it so important to my pets nutrition?
Life stages can be broken into the following categories:
- Puppy / kitten
- Pregnant or Lactating
Each of these stages require significantly different levels of nutrients, as well as varying factors within these life stages. For example puppies and kittens require high levels of energy and proteins and fats while they grow and play, a senior pet does not need these same levels of these proteins and fats, and excess can actually be damaging to their health as this means extra work for their kidneys to process, or they are stored as extra weight gain which is just as detrimental to your pets health.
Similarly an adult cat that is pregnant will need far higher levels of nutrients than a healthy adult cat as they are not using all of their energy growing tiny little babies inside of them!