Last updated 4 hours 21 minutes ago
Just like a healthy diet matters to you, nutrition is the foundation of good health for your pet. Building a good diet for your pet isn’t as simple as pulling food off a shelf and following the serving size guidelines on the box. At Lake Emma Animal Hospital, we’re committed to helping you keep your four-legged family members happy and healthy for years to come. This is why we offer nutritional counseling services to our clients.
Our vets can help you develop a personalized nutritional plan for your pet, including choosing the right food for both your pet’s needs and your budget. Our vets can also help you determine how much food your pet needs daily to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight if obesity is an issue. We can also devise nutritional plans for dealing with illnesses like diabetes.
Tap into all of the resources available at Lake Emma Animal Hospital to keep your pet in the best health possible. Find out more about our vets and our specialized pet care in Lake Mary by calling (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 15 days ago
Did you know that more than half of the cats seen by veterinarians are either overweight or obese? Your cat is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure she leads a long, healthy life. Maintaining a proper weight is an important part of feline health, and you can help your cat do just that. Many cat owners don’t realize that they’re overfeeding their furry friends, but doing so can lead to health problems that you never intended to happen. Keep reading to learn if you might be overfeeding your cat.
Cat Food Type
The first step in understanding whether you are overfeeding your cat is to take a look at what type of food you’re giving her. Your cat should be eating a food that is designed just for cats, and should be appropriate for the stage of life that she’s in. For example, kittens should eat food made for kittens and their developmental needs, while senior cats should be fed a food that takes their unique nutritional needs into account. The cat food should be balanced and complete. If you are unsure of which food is best to feed your cat, ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Amount of Food
Once you feel confident that you are feeding your cat a healthy, nutritious food, it’s time to look at how much of it you’re giving her. Free feeding may be more convenient for you, but it can create weight problems in cats who have a tendency to overeat. Instead of leaving food out for your cat at all times, try switching to two or three smaller meals per day.
Just like humans, cats tend to have different energy levels. Some are more prone to being playful and active, while others prefer napping on the couch. If you have concerns about how much you’re feeding your cat, observe her normal behaviors. A cat who is more active may need more food, while one who is more sedentary might not need to eat as much.
If you’re worried that your cat is overweight or that you’re feeding her too much, call Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322. We offer comprehensive care for your four-legged friend throughout all stages of her life. You can rest assured that we’ll treat your pet as if she were our own.
Last updated 20 days ago
Your pet is your best friend and steadfast companion, and it’s up to you to make sure he leads a long, healthy life. That means giving him lots of love, playtime, and regular trips to your Lake Mary veterinarian, and making sure he eats a high-quality pet food. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need animal protein in their diets for vital amino acids. They need roughly twice the relative amount of protein as dogs or humans. A dog’s diet should consist of about 18% protein, and large breeds could need as many as 2,000 calories per day. Choosing a pet food can feel overwhelming, so know how to read the labels to make sure your four-legged friend is getting the proper nutrition. Check out this Infographic to learn more about pet nutrition, and please share this info with your friends and fellow pet owners!
Last updated 22 days ago
Your pet’s health is important, which is why you should pay close attention to his habits. Watch this video to learn about the symptoms of bladder stones, which can affect your pet much in the same way that they affect humans.
Bladder stones can be painful for pets and humans alike. They can cause moderate to severe discomfort, and can lead to other problems if they are not treated. If you notice that your pet is urinating more often or having trouble urinating, this could be a sign of bladder stones. Another symptom to watch for is the presence of blood in your animal’s urine. Bladder stones that go untreated can lead to infections, and more stones can end up forming.
If you’re worried that your pet might have bladder stones, contact Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322. We offer comprehensive veterinary care for the non-human members of your family. Visit our website for a complete look at our services.