Dietary Advice

The Science

This approach is based around a huge body of scientific research by numerous independent food companies that produce the quality products that we stock. They are backed by universities and form the entire basis of what we are educated to advise to feed.

The advantages of these foods are:

Balance: These foods are balanced and can be varied by life stage e.g. puppy, adult, senior pet categories. This allows us to provide for higher or lower protein or calcium levels depending upon these requirements

Simplicity: It is easy to educate our staff and from this our clients how to feed their pets. This can be easily broken up into frequency and quantity.

Consistency: This food is always produced to the same standard from essentially the same products. This means that if you are feeding your pet on this and it is doing well then nothing should change this.

Ease of use: easy to purchase, good shelf life, easy to store.

These foods are available in both wet and dry formats and are called super premium foods; they are available from Veterinary clinics and Pet shops only – where good advice and guidance can be given to help you get things exactly right.

In our practice we recommend these foods in the following order:

  1. Royal Canin  – an excellent, palatable food made from raw materials that are submitted to strict quality control processes. These foods are available in over-the-counter products for all life stages and prescription for specific, vet diagnosed, complaints.
  2. Hills Science Diet – is an excellent diet. It is well backed by extensive research by a company that is constantly striving to benefit pets by the continued development of both its main range of foods but also by the development of an extensive range of diets – the prescription range which really form the cornerstone on our treatment plans for a wide range of medical conditions.

The links above will take you directly to the company sites and there are some superb references to look at.

 

Prescription diets

Increasingly there is a range of foods produced for both dogs and cats that are specifically formulated for various medical conditions such as urinary stones, diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases. These diets are designed to be used after veterinary consultation and based upon clinical evidence for specific conditions.

The results with these foods can be fantastic and result in significant improvement in quality of life in the animals with these diseases.

As with all aspects of your pet’s health we are happy to give you advice. Diet is a really important area that we feel we can help you with. Please do not hesitate to contact us or ask us about your pets needs the next time you are in to see us.

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