Many medical conditions, both long term and short duration, can be treated with a simple dietary change. Kidney disease, diabetes, bladder stones, and hyperthyroidism are diseases that in some instances can be managed with a prescription diet and careful monitoring. We also carry diets designed to promote specific areas of a pet's health like joints, weight management, urinary tract, dental care, gastrointestinal issues, liver, cardiac and food allergies.
In addition to both dry and canned foods, We stock a variety of treats for our canine patients including prescription diet treats for dogs which are compatible with hypoallergenic or kidney diets for example. There are treats designed to help pets clean their teeth or manage their weight.
Our doctors hand pick foods from Hill’s, Iams, Royal Canin and Purina prescription diet lines for use with their canine and feline patients. Additionally we have YouTube videos that detail diet requirements for dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
Many medical conditions, both long term and short duration, can be treated with a simple dietary change. We also carry a variety of treats for our canine patients including prescription diet treats for dogs limited to hypoallergenic or kidney diets for example. There are treats designed to help pets clean their teeth or manage their weight.
Guinea Pig Diet
Here's an excerpt from a recent Manchester West Veterinary Hospital Newsletter entitled:
What are you feeding your 4-legged friends? which may help you make decisions about the right kinds of food to feed your pet.
What are you feeding your 4-legged friends?
There seems to be a lot of new pet foods on the market making all sorts of claims. With all the “grain free”,
“raw”, “meat first”, and “natural” claims out there, how do you know what is best for your pet? Here are
some important points to serve as a guide in choosing the best diet for your furry family members.
• “I feed my pets a raw or meat first or grain free diet because in the wild they were meat eaters.”
Animals cannot store protein. Excess protein forces the kidneys to work harder. So feeding your pet a
raw diet, or a “meat first” diet is NOT the best choice. Healthy pets need nutrients and a balance of
amino acids from both meat and non-meat sources (grains). Grain free diets are lacking in carbohydrates,
a source of quick energy, as well as essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants.
• “I won’t buy any food where corn is a significant ingredient because it is just a filler.” Corn is actually a
key ingredient for providing nutrients such as essential fatty acids, antioxidants, digestible carbohydrates
and quality proteins. Contrary to popular belief, corn is highly digestible when properly processed and is
rarely an allergen.
• I only feed my pets all natural foods. The term “all natural” is not regulated by the USDA, is more of a
marketing term, and is not the same as “organic” which is regulated by the USDA. Also, foods that
claim to be “human grade”, human quality”, “ingredients you (the purchaser) would eat” are false and
misleading unless the whole product has been FDA and USDA approved for human consumption.
So what should you feed your pet? That will depend on their age, their health assessment, and the presence
of any diseases or conditions. In short, this is a conversation you should have with your veterinarian
NOT the sales representative in the pet food aisle at the pet store. A proper diet is one of the
cornerstones of your pet’s health whether he/or she is a puppy or kitten or a senior pet. Follow these steps to
ensure your pet is eating smart!
1. During your pet’s annual wellness exam, discuss your pet’s diet with your veterinarian. Only your
pet’s doctor can give you an honest assessment of what is the best type of diet to feed them and what
kind of treats and supplements might be helpful/harmful. For example, St. John’s Wort has serious,
even deadly interactions with commonly prescribed veterinary medications. The flip side is that there
are wonderful new prescription diets that not only provide balanced nutrition but can address health
issues like obesity, kidney disease, bladder stones, feline hypothyroidism, feline anxiety behavior and
metabolic issues. You will only be able to get these particular diets on the advice of your pet’s
2. If your pet is on a special diet for a specific health issue, make sure everything your pet ingests is
compatible with that diet including treats, supplements, even toothpaste! Talk to your veterinary
3. Steer clear of brand names that appear periodically on FDA’s recall list. It could indicate a lack of
quality control with regard to handling/processing of the food or questionable integrity of ingredients.
Remember, Salmonella contamination in a pet food not only puts your pet at risk by ingestion but
also your family at risk for handling contaminated food.
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