Nutritional Counseling

If your adult dog or cat is healthy, you may have chosen a pet food based on many factors: What food he ate before becoming part of your family, whether she would eat it, and the cost of the food. However, not all pet foods are equal, and feeding the right amount may not be as simple as reading the packaging. Your pet has individual needs, and the guidelines on packages aren't specific to your best friend. Those instructions are based on averages, and not all pets are average. Choosing the right diet can set your pet on a path of lifelong good nutrition and help prevent many health issues, such as allergies, nutritional deficiencies, skin and coat disorders, and obesity. Our Carriage Crossing Animal Care Team can help you choose the right diet for your individual pet. Nutritional requirements for our pets depend on factors such as age, breed, and health. For instance, senior pets have very different dietary needs from puppies or kittens. And animals with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease can benefit from special diets. Our Waterloo Veterinarian can help you make informed decisions about your pet's food. She can counsel you on which foods are right for both your pet's needs AND your financial considerations. Then she can go on to help you understand the pet food labels and feed your furry family member the right amount. We can create a nutrition plan specifically for your pet, including a plan for your obese pet to lose enough weight to be healthy and happy. Call Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital today to set up a personalized nutrition consultation for you and your pet!

  • Nutritional Needs for Giant Breeds

    Nutritional Needs for Giant Breeds

    Giant breeds such as Giant Schnauzers, Irish Wolfhounds, and Great Danes┬áhave unique dietary needs: Very few commercial puppy foods offer the ideal mix of calcium, energy, and protein levels that…

  • Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

    Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

    There are dozens of pet food choices for puppies and kittens, and it’s easy to get confused or overwhelmed when trying to pick the right one for your pet. The…