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

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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 these dogs require. Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital can provide you with food recommendations that will encourage your dog’s healthy growth and avoid developmental problems. For your added convenience, we stock approved foods for the nutritional needs of giant breeds in our online store and at our Waterloo Animal Hospital.

Please call or stop by if you have any concerns regarding your dog’s nutrition or if you would simply like to learn more about this topic. We want to help you keep your pet happy and healthy at every age!

Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

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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 Carriage Crossing Animal Care Team can help you sort through the choices and find a puppy or kitten food that will meet your growing pet’s specific nutritional needs. We even carry a selection of nutritionally balanced and Veterinarian approved brands in our online store and at our Waterloo Animal Hospital.

Please call or stop by if you need a food recommendation or to ask us any puppy and kitten nutrition questions you may have. We want to help you take the very best care of your pet!