Nutrition Basics for Cats and Dogs

Nutrition Basics for Cats and Dogs


Cats and dogs have specific nutritional needs. It is important to make sure you choose a diet that is complete and balanced for the life stage of your pet. Pets being treated for a medical condition may need a special prescription diet. With so many options to choose from, how do you know you are picking the right diet? The following tips and resources can help you make an informed decision in selecting a diet for your pet:

  • Always consult with your veterinarian first if you are considering switching to a new diet or giving your pet a new supplement or treat.
  • Less than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake should come from treats.
  • Switching diets too quickly or introducing a variety of treats can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets, in some cases this can be quite serious.
  • Some of the foods people eat are highly toxic to pets, ask your veterinarian which foods are safe to share with your pets.
  • Bring a list of everything you feed your pet including brand names with you to your veterinary appointment.