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Nutrition Advice from Our Veterinarian in Carlsbad

At Carlsbad Animal Hospital, our veterinarian and team make your pet's health a top priority. Our full-service veterinary practice offers a wide range of pet care services, including assistance with nutrition and weight management. If you have questions about your pet's diet or are wondering if your pet is a healthy weight, our experienced team can help by providing advice and nutritional recommendations based on your pet's specific needs.

Dog eating out of his bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Nutrition in Carlsbad

We receive a lot of questions about pet nutrition here in our office, so we have compiled some of the most common questions (and our answers) below for your reference!

How do I Choose the Right Food for my Pet?

Unfortunately, there's no universal answer to the question of what specific type of food is best for your pet. Your pet's needs may vary significantly from another pet's based on health, weight, and other factors. However, the key is to find the diet that best suits your pet's needs and lifestyle. If you're having trouble choosing a pet food formula, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our veterinarian. We'd be happy to provide some recommendations after completing a comprehensive physical exam.

How can I Help my pet Lose Weight?

If your pet is overweight, we may recommend a diet formula that will help your pet intake fewer calories. However, this is only part of the equation. You will need to be diligent about portioning out your pet's food and cutting back on treats (especially table scraps). Furthermore, you'll also need to increase your pet's activity levels. For dogs, this will mean taking your pup on more frequent or longer walks each day. For cats, this may mean investing in some new toys that will keep them moving and active.

Does my Kitten/Puppy or Senior Pet need a Specific Diet?

Yes. Kittens and puppies should not be given adult pet food formulas until they are at least a year old. In the meantime, stick with formulas specific to kittens and puppies or a food that's advertised as being "all life stages." For senior pets, diet recommendations will vary based on your pet's overall health. Generally, we recommend a higher protein diet for older pets

What are Some Common Signs of Food Allergies in Pets?

Food allergies in pets can manifest themselves in skin allergies or general allergies. If your pet seems to groom or scratch excessively after eating, this could be a sign of a skin allergy. If your pet has diarrhea or vomiting after a meal, he or she may be allergic or sensitive to an ingredient (especially common with grains). 

Schedule an Appointment with Our Carlsbad Vet Today

For more guidance on your pet's nutrition and diet, schedule an appointment with our Carlsbad vet today. You can reach Carlsbad Animal Hospital at 760-729-4431. We're open seven days a week for your convenience and offer $1 exams for all of our new patients!