The Holistic Animal Hospital and Your Pet’s Diet

“You are what you eat” is an old saying. The same applies to your pet. Whatever you feed your dog or cat has an effect on more than its digestive tract. Understanding a pet’s nutritional needs is essential. Unfortunately, many veterinarians do not receive sufficient training on what is best for specific pets. As a result, an animal hospital may only stock pet food from a high-end, commercial company.

A Better Approach

Holistic animal hospitals do possess more than a rudimentary understanding of nutrition. Veterinarians that work in such facilities analyze health issues as they relate to every aspect of an animal’s life. This includes their nutritional needs.

While many commercial pet food companies are now producing more nutritional pet food, their products may not be addressing your pet’s individual needs. At a holistic animal hospital, veterinarians may recommend you opt for a different approach. In the case of canine and felines, they may suggest a “raw diet.”

If this is not something you wish to explore, other choices do exist. Some veterinarians believe preparing home-cooked nutritional and balanced meals are also beneficial. This does not mean canned food is not a viable food choice. A Holistic veterinarian will urge you to:

  1. Carefully looking at your pet’s diet
  2. Consider all the ingredients of any pet food you use
  3. Ask yourself whether your dog gains any nutritional value from eating this food

Your Pet’s Diet and the Local Holistic Animal Hospital

Before you purchase food for your pet; you might want to talk to your vet about what provides the best nutrition. At Holistic Veterinary Healing in the Germantown, Gaithersburg area, we discuss with you the nutritional needs of YOUR pet. Only after we have had a thorough consultation with you and your pet, do we make recommendations. For more information or call 240-715-6570.