Pet Nutritional Counseling in Charlottesville, VA

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Pet Nutrition Advice for a Healthy Life

Your pets' daily diet is very important to their general health. At Animal Connection, our animal nutrition guidance in Charlottesville strives to empower pet lovers to provide their pets with a high-quality diet through each period of life. Proper diet can help reduce many health problems including; food intolerances, pet food allergies, excessive weight gain or weight management, nutritional insufficiencies, diabetes, skin and coat issues, renal problems, irritable bowel, anal glands and yeast, bad breath, tartar buildup, animal diabetes, skin and coat afflictions, renal system disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and poor immune response. Nutritional needs for pups and kitties vary due to many factors such as life stage, size, breed, activity levels, physical health, and more, as a result, a one-size-fits-all strategy to nutrition will not be effective. Our team can counsel you on which types of foods will be suitable based upon your pet's requirements, amount to feed, and what to search for on animal food labels. Contact us to set up a nutrition evaluation for your pet.

Nutrition for Pregnant/ Nursing Dogs

First-rate nutrition sets the stage for a thriving breeding and pregnancy. Maintaining nutrition and bodyweight before, during the course of, and after pregnancy is essential to the wellness of the momma dog and her young pups. Malnourishment caused by inadequate nutrient consumption can lead to miscarriages or health problems. While lactating, energy needs increase and are directly proportional to milk generation, which subsequently is directly corresponding to the number of nursing pups.

Nutrition for Working Dogs

Competition and working dogs have special dietary needs. Generally, working dogs are larger breeds such as an Akita, a Mastiff, or a Newfoundland that are specifically bred to perform tasks like sledding or herding. To perform their best, these dogs need a high-performance pet food that helps keep them working at top productivity. Depending on the amount of work, working dogs may require 1.5 to 2.5 times the volume of food as a sedentary pet, and if the dogs are doing work in high conditions, the volume of food needed increases even more.

Puppy and Kitten Animal Nutrition

Puppies and kittens need protein, fat, nutrients and calories to help them grow. A small dog breed's requirements are very different than large breeds. We'll help you find the right foundation for your youngster!

Senior Pet Nutrition

It used to be said that an animal was considered "old" when they arrived at one-half of their expected life. Feeding the right food at an early age can increase their longevity! (Store owner, Pattie Zeller's own dog, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, lived to 18-1/2 years!)

Giant Breed Animal Nutrition

Large breeds such as Mastiffs and Great Danes have unique nutritional requirements. Large dog breeds necessitate well-defined amounts of essential nutrients to fulfill their growth requirements. Large breed puppies need a food produced to ensure proper bone and muscle development and the right amount of energy so they can develop to their optimal growth potential without developmental concerns.

Cat Nutrition

Cats are obligate carnivores and their ideal diet is high in protein and taurine, low in carbohydrates, and moisture rich. Although we stock dry kibbles, we highly recommend adding moisture with bone broth or goats milk to any dry food of any brand. Cat nutrition is closely connected to overall wellness, and a cat's diet can even help improve a variety of issues including common allergies, and food intolerances. Obesity is also a growing issue and overweight cats are at risk for a whole multitude of problems such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, breathing problems, renal disease, heart disease, and a life expectancy lessened by as much as 20%. No matter if your cat is dealing with a weight problem or requires a unique diet in conjunction with healthcare maintenance and treatment, our staff will counsel you on the various nutritional options that are available to cat parents. Don't be reluctant to get in touch with us if you have any questions about finding the purrrrrrfect cat diet.

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