Pet Nutrition

By December 17, 2018Pet Health

Choosing the Right Food of Healthy Pet Food

Be Sure Your Pets Get the Nutrition They Need

We all want what is best for our beloved feline and canine companions because they aren’t just loyal friends; they’re bona fide members of the family. Since our fur-babies are at our mercy when it comes to their health and well-being, we have to be sure to meet their nutritional needs. As far as pet food is concerned, you have plenty options to choose from. Whether your dog or cat prefers dry or canned food, your priority as a pet owner is to give your furry best friend the nutrition he or she needs to carry out a long, happy and healthy life.

To help you select the right food for your pet, the veterinary team here at Mercy has provided the following pointers.

  • How to Choose a Food That is Best For Your Pet – Our pets’ nutritional needs vary depending on age, size, species and health conditions. Older pets need to eat different food than younger pets, less-active pets need different food than active pets, small-breed animals require nutritional content different from large-breed animals, and the list goes on. At the end of the day, you want to buy cat or dog food that is formulated to meet your companion’s specific dietary needs.
  • Read the Labels Carefully – Pet food labels provide valuable insight into the quality of the food. When selecting a nutritious pet food for your trusty companion, pay close attention to the: nutritional adequacy statement, listing of ingredients, guaranteed analysis and feeding directions.
  • Look for AAFCO Guidelines – Pet food should have a nutritional adequacy claim somewhere on its packaging that tells you either the pet food “is formulated to meet or exceed the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO nutritional profiles” or “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that the pet food provides complete and balanced nutrition” for the life stage of your animal. An extra layer of protection may be found with pet food brands that say they have been through AAFCO feeding trials. Further, a food with a label that says it is for intermittent or supplemental feedings should only be used long term when directed by a veterinarian.

Mercy’s Pet Food Recommendation

Your pet’s nutritional needs are of the utmost importance to the veterinary team here at Mercy. That’s why we recommend Hill’s Healthy Advantage® pet foods for those pets that do not require a prescription diet. Healthy Advantage® foods come in both dry and canned varieties, different life stage varieties and are specially formulated to address multiple nutritional needs – they are available exclusively through veterinary offices. To give your pet nutritious, veterinarian-approved food, contact our office today and ask us how you can get Hill’s Healthy Advantage® pet food for your beloved companion.

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