Our Central Animal Hospital Discusses Managing The Nutritional Needs of Pets Through All Stages Of Life
Pets go through stages of life just like their human counterparts. Just as the dietary needs for humans change and require adjustments with each stage of life, adjustments are also necessary to maintain the overall health and longevity of your pet. Here at Central Animal Hospital in Scarsdale, NY, our team of professionals strives to educate cat and dog owners on why they need to ensure their pets receive nutrition that complements every stage of their lives.
Nutritional Needs of Puppies And Kittens
Growing puppies and kittens need more protein, calories and fat because they require nutrients to complete their daily activities, and they also need additional nutrients to grow healthy bones and tissues. They also require more vitamins and minerals than their adult counterparts. Without proper nutrition, puppies may not develop as they should, and improper nutrition could lay the foundation for future health issues. Large and giant breeds require special diets, however, our vet recommends that all puppies and kittens remain on a growth formulated diet until they reach 12 months of age.
Nutritional Needs Of Middle Aged Dogs And Cats
Dogs and cats between the ages of five to seven need moderate amounts of fat, protein, vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and calories daily. If the animal is healthy this type of diet will ensure optimal health. Pets who have health challenges require specialized nutritional diets that are developed by a pet nutritionist. Here in our office, our team of professionals has the training and the expertise to properly care for pets who need specialized diets.
Older pets tend to engage in fewer physical activities. Senior pets that are healthy generally need an increase in the amount of dietary protein as they age to help them sustain lean muscle mass. Senior pets who have chronic diseases or other health challenges need an increase in the amounts of calories they ingest on a daily basis to help them maintain a healthy weight.
Contact Our Central Animal Hospital Today and Keep Your Pets Happy and Healthy!
Whether you have a dog or a cat, the goal of our vet here at Central Animal Hospital is to keep pets happy and healthy no matter what stage of life they are in. We work hard to make sure our patients and their pet parents are able to enjoy a long happy life together. If your pet is transitioning from one stage of life to another, or you have questions regarding their nutritional needs, give us a call at 914-723-1250 to schedule an appointment today.