Just like in humans, nutrition is an important cornerstone for the health of your pet. And just like in humans, nutritional requirements change over time, depending on age, lifestyle and medical conditions. For example, cats and dogs with kidney disease require specialized diets, and small breed dogs are often prone to urinary and dental disease that can be prevented or managed by an appropriate diet.
Our veterinarians have ongoing formal training based on the latest research on pet nutrition and are the most qualified to give your pet individual nutritional advice. A dietary recommendation should be considered a prescription, being just as important as a medication, to give the right food and appropriate amounts. For example, over feeding can lead to obesity, a common exam finding. Our veterinarians work with you and your family to create weight loss plans that are tailored to your individual pet(s). Other medical conditions, including diabetes, kidney or liver disease, and food allergies also require strict feeding to ensure your pet remains as healthy as possible.
At Avonlea and Hollybank Animal Hospitals we primarily carry Royal Canin diets, with Royal Canin being a company that we all trust, providing studies and proof of the efficacy of their diets. Most of us even feed it to our own pets!
Most pet foods sold in grocery and pet stores will carry an “AAFCO claim”, meaning it has been formulated to technically meet the requirements for nutrition. However, most of these foods have never had a single feeding trial with real pets. You would never feed a food to your child that has not been tested, so why feed this to your pet? Royal Canin does extensive studies and have fed their food to real pets for years, providing not only palatability studies, but long term effects and benefits are considered as well.
IN ADDITION to the AAFCO requirements, Royal Canin completes:
- Palatability feeding trials
- Toxicology studies and stability data
- Digestibility feeding trials
- Blood parameters
- Amino acid analysis
- Relative Super-saturation trials
- Stool conformation
- Clinical trials for efficacy in conjunction with vets and pet owners
- Peer reviewed research
In terms of safety and quality control, Royal Canin exceeds expectations! Royal Canin employs the use of Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS). This is a system that compares the molecular “fingerprint” of an ingredient to a database of standards. If the results for the incoming ingredient do not match the standard, then the ingredient is removed from the processing immediately. With this technology you can be assured that Royal Canin Veterinary Exclusive products are free of any contamination and are 100% safe for your pet.
If your adult dog or cat is healthy, you may have chosen a pet food based simply on whether or not your pet will eat it. Cost may also play a factor in your decision. However, not all pet foods are equal. And feeding the right amount is not as simple as following the directions on the package (they’re just guidelines). Choosing an appropriate diet can set your pet on a path of lifelong good nutrition and help prevent many problems, including allergies, nutritional deficiencies, skin and coat disorders, and obesity. Nutritional requirements for dogs and cats vary depending on a variety of factors, including age, breed, and health. For instance, senior pets have significantly different requirements than puppies or kittens, and animals with diabetes, kidney disease, and other health conditions can benefit from special diets. Our veterinarians can help you make informed decisions about your pet’s diet. We can counsel you on which foods are the best choices based on your pet’s needs and your financial considerations, how much to feed, and even how to decode pet food labels. We can create a nutrition plan specifically for your pet, and we’re also happy to work with owners to help their overweight pets get down to a healthy weight. Call us to set up a personalized nutrition consultation for you and your pet.
Please visit the Royal Canin web site for product specific information:
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your dog’s nutrition or if you would simply like to discuss this topic with us.
Feel free to ask us for a food recommendation or to contact us with any nutrition questions or concerns you might have. We’re happy to help!