Q: What food would you recommend for my pet?
A: Science diet, Iams and Royal Canine are the brands we recommend. That is because they do extensive food trials and have veterinary nutritionists on their staff.

Q: Is it true there is a correlation between weight and life expectancy?
A: On average, pets that maintain a healthy weight throughout their lifetime see an increased life expectancy of 2-3 years.

Q: How many times a day should my pet eat and at what time?
A: For a healthy adult dog or cat it is best to feed twice per day- morning and night. You should also use a measuring cup to accurately know how much food your pet is eating on a daily basis.

Q: Is there a rule of thumb for feeding my dog based on its current size?
A: Obviously the larger the breed, they more caloric intake they will need to sustain necessary energy. It is best to consult your veterinarian for calculating the amount of daily kibble/ canned food to give, for many times the guideline on the back of the bag says to feed more than what is necessary.

Q: Is it okay to let my cat eat dog food?
A: Different species have different nutritional requirements. You should not feed a cat dog food, or a dog cat food.

Q: How do I keep my pet healthy and active?
A:  There are many ways to keep your pet healthy and active. First yearly examinations play a critical role in maintaining the best quality of life for your pet throughout their years. By doing so, we are more likely to catch disease earlier. You can also keep them healthy by feeding them a quality food and making sure they have an active and enriched life. Training or agility classes are great for dogs, and enriching an indoor cat’s environment with cat trees, laser pointers, and puzzles keep them stimulated mentally and physically.

Q: How do I know if my pet is overweight?
A: You should see an hour-glass figure and an obvious waist on your pet. Your pets ribs should be easily palpated as well.

Q: Do different breeds have different nutritional requirements?
A: While some brands have formulated diets for certain breeds, it is of our opinion that nutritional requirements are mostly dependent on the size, age, and lifestyle. Work with your veterinarian to calculate the best formula.

Q: How important are vegetables to my pet’s diet?
A: When feeding a quality dog food, you can rest assure that it is formulated for complete and balanced nutrition. Our canine and feline pets are mostly if not solely carnivores. Certain vegetables, like green beans, can be an appropriate snack for those dogs trying to reduce calories. While garlic and onions are toxic. Consult your veterinarian with any questions.

Q: How can visiting the vet keep my pet’s weight under control?
A:  By an annual physical exam, your veterinarian can not only advise for a healthy weight, but may recommend diagnostics to rule out metabolic conditions.  Being overweight also has been linked to many conditions like arthritis, diabetes, feline lower urinary tract disease, and heart disease. Your doctor is the best tool to weed out any misconceptions as well.
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