Animal Hospital of Chetk/North (Rice Lake)

941 24 1/2 Street
Chetek, WI 54728

(715)859-6650

animalhospitalchetek.com

Animal Hospital of Chetek & Animal Hospital North NUTRITION

 

Your pet's nutrition is extremely important. There are hundreds of pet foods available, some good, some not so good. We recommend checking the label to see if the food is complete, balanced, or 100% nutritious. The label should also say the food meets AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. Food products can meet these standards by either completing a food trial or a nutritional analysis. Neither of these methods is perfect, but they are the best of what is available at the moment.

 

Dog food products that do not meet either Nutrient Profile can be legal products!

They just aren't allowed to display terms as "complete", "balanced" or "100% nutritious" on the bag. These products can be intended to be used as treats or snacks or should state these are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding of dogs.

 

Dogs

 

The needs of every animal will vary amongst breeds and amongst individuals. Some dogs will do great on one brand of dog food, and other dogs will not do as well on the same food. If your dog is healthy (as assessed by a veterinarian) then the food you are feeding is appropriate. If your dog unhealthy (as assessed by a veterinarian) it may be because he is being fed the wrong food, or there may be an underlying disease.

 

When feeding any pet food please make sure you are feeding it for the appropriate life stage. This means that puppies should be fed puppy food, lactating animals should be feed a lactation diet, adult should be fed an adult diet, and seniors should be fed a senior diet.

 

It is important to know that the most expensive food does not always mean it is the best food. At the Animal Hospital of Chetek we primarily carry Purina Pro Plan and Hills Science Diets These are moderately priced diets that also have prescription diets available that we are confident in. This does NOT mean that these are the only dog foods you should be feeding your animal.

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We realize that selecting the appropriate food for your pet can be overwhelming, do not be alarmed, we will work together to find the best food.

 

Cats

 

Ideally cats should be fed canned or moist food. Cats are naturally carnivores and their diets should reflect that. Canned and moist foods have higher protein content that makes them easier for cats to digest. Feeding cats moist/canned diets will help prevent obesity, diabetes, and urethral obstructions. We realize that dry food is much more convenient and many cats (including some of our own) do very well on dry food; however, medically speaking canned/moist diets are the best available option.

 

The needs of every animal will vary amongst breeds and amongst individuals. Some cats will do great on one brand of cat food, and other cats will not do as well on the same food. If your cat is healthy (as assessed by a veterinarian) then the food you are feeding is appropriate. If your cat is unhealthy (as assessed by a veterinarian) it may be because he is being fed the wrong food, or it may be due to illness.

 

When feeding any pet food please make sure you are feeding it for the appropriate life stage. This means that kittens should be fed kitten food, lactating animals should be feed a lactation diet, adult should be fed an adult diet, and seniors should be fed a senior diet.

 

It is important to know that the most expensive food does not always mean it is the best food. At the Animal Hospital of Chetek and Animal Hospital North we primarily carry Purina and Hill's Science Diet. These are moderately priced foods that also have prescription diets available that we are confident in. This does NOT mean that these are the only cat food you should be feeding your cat.

 

We realize that selecting the appropriate food for your pet can be overwhelming, do not be alarmed, we will work together to find the best food for your all of your pets.