Nutrition & Diet
Good nutrition for our dogs and cats can be confusing with so many varieties and brands of pet food on the market today. The dietary needs of pets vary greatly depending on factors such as breed, size, and age. At Locust Valley Veterinary Clinic, we examine all these factors and your pet’s medical history to determine which diet will keep your pet healthy.
A good resource for pet nutrition is the Tufts Clinical Nutrition website.
Our priority is to ensure that your dog or cat leads a happy and healthy lifestyle. Maintaining an appropriate weight will increase your pet’s life span and overall health. Being overweight or underweight can cause illness, injury, and other health complications.
We can help determine what is best for your pet and develop a plan to get your cat or dog back to their ideal weight. Many times it’s as simple as modifying your pet’s food intake and adjusting their levels of physical activity. In some circumstances, there are instances where prescription pet food may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Prescription Pet Food
Locust Valley Veterinary Clinic offers a variety of prescription pet foods at our pharmacy. Prescription diets can help regulate your pet’s nutritional needs so they receive balanced nutrients tailored to their disease process. Prescription diets may help with certain health issues including:
- Cardiac disease
- Early or advanced kidney disease
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Liver disease
- Food allergies
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Urinary disease
- Bladder stones
- Cognitive functioning
If you have any nutrition or dietary concerns, please speak with our veterinarians regarding any questions you may have.