Nutritional Counseling

Our pets occupy a place in our home as if they were a member of our human family, and therefore how hard is it to resist giving them a “taste” of what you are eating for dinner? Although this may not seem like such a big deal, over time it can be detrimental to your pet’s health. About ⅓ of dogs in the US are obese and almost ½ of cats are obese. What may seem like a couple of extra pounds is not terrible on us, but an extra 5 pounds on a small dog or cat is harmful to their overall health.

It is also not optimal to feed our pets table food due to the fact that they simply do not possess the same digestive enzymes as humans. In turn, this may cause stomach aches, diarrhea, and even unintentional poisoning. Cats should eat a diet that is high in protein, like their wild counterparts such as tigers and lions. Meat proteins provide the essential amino acids needed for optimal health. Dogs love meat protein as well but also have a taste for vegetables! Unlike humans, they need far less carbohydrates than we do in order to function.

The staff at Apollo Animal Hospital can advise you on what foods and portion size to serve your pets to keep them healthy and satisfied after eating. We not only carry nutritious foods in our clinic, but we also have hypoallergenic foods that can help your pet that may be suffering from flea, food or skin allergies.