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A Healthy Diet, A Happy Pet

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Feeding your cat or dog a balanced diet is the foundation of a long and healthy life. At Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, our team can help you develop, implement, and maintain a plan that keeps your pet both healthy and satisfied.

Selecting the Right Pet Food

When it comes to buying food for your cat or dog, no single product is the absolute best. However, you can select the right food for your pet based on his or her individual needs.

Our recommendations are based on your cat or dog’s life stage and the guidelines of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO approved products contain the correct amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for proper growth and maintenance. Appropriate nutrition can also aid in the management of specific disease conditions. Specialized diets are now available as part of a treatment plan for allergies, arthritis, cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, cardiac issues, and kidney and urinary tract disease.

We also strongly encourage owners to become educated about how to read pet food labels. Terms such as “human grade” and “grain-free” can be misleading, and we want you to have accurate information to make informed decisions.

Obesity Prevention and Weight Loss

Obesity prevention and weight loss is a focal point in veterinary care. For cats and dogs, being even slightly overweight can put them at risk for developing serious medical conditions. Common weight-related disorders include:

Fortunately, preventing obesity and maintaining an ideal weight can be easier than you think, and the team at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital is happy to help you explore healthier lifestyle choices for your pet.

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