Nutritional Counseling

We offer several lines of high quality, foods designed to meet the specific needs of your pet. Our veterinary staff hand picks prescription diets from several manufacturers based on research, reported results and the results we see here at Manchester West. We also carry treats that are compatible with the prescription diet your pet may be on.

Below is an excerpt from our Newsletter that may help you choose an appropriate diet for your 4-legged friend:

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.

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. Each year during your pet’s wellness exam, discuss dietary requirements 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.

2. Steer clear of foods that make frequent appearances on the FDA’s recall list. It could indicate a lack of quality control with regard to ingredients or handling/processing of the food. Remember, Salmonella contamination in a pet food not only puts your pet at risk by ingestion by also your family at risk for handling contaminated food.

3. 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 hospital staff.

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We're located just off Manchester Road (Hwy 100)
one mile West of Clarkson Rd.

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