Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health status. Decisions regarding your pet’s nutrition should not be made without first consulting a veterinarian or veterinary technician. These professionals have had formal nutritional training to learn what specific recommendations should be made during the lifetime of your pet.
Geriatric animals have significantly different requirements than young, growing puppies or kittens. A diet that claims it is efficient for all life stages is not one of our recommendations!
Animals with diabetes or kidney disease also have specific nutritional requirements. It is not uncommon for your pet to be moved through 5 different diet choices throughout the various stages in their lifetime depending on their age, lifestyle, and possible disease processes.
If you think about it logically, would you feed your newborn baby the same food as an adult human? Would you offer the same food to a senior citizen as you would an active, growing teenager? For this reason, we feel each animal should be assessed on an individual basis.
Industry marketing strategies for pet foods makes it difficult to choose the proper food for your pet, as ingredients and marketing can be deceiving. When accepting advice on food choice please keep in mind the source of information. Is it from someone with a medical background in pet nutrition? We are happy to discuss your pet and their needs at any time when you come into or phone the clinic.
We carry a variety of veterinary exclusive diets for :
- Healthy life stages - puppy/kitten, adult, senior pets
- Dental health
- Diabetes management
- Kidney disease management
- Liver disease management
- Allergy management
- Food sensitivities
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Joint/Mobility management
- Weight management or weight loss
We carry both Medi-Cal Royal Canin, Purina and Hill's Prescription pet food. We are also able to special order other brands as required by your pet. Food may be purchased in our hospital or online via our Webstore.
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All pet foods sold in grocery stores and pet stores will have an AAFCO claim on their label. So do the veterinary exclusive diets we carry. However, AAFCO does not regulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way. AAFCO only establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods, and it is the pet food company's responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard.
One big difference in the Medi-Cal Royal Canin and Hill's Prescription Diets is that they go far beyond most pet food companies with further testing on their products to ensure product quality and safety.
Medi-Cal Royal Canin & Hill's Prescription Diets Testing Beyond AAFCO trials
• Palatability feeding trials
• Digestibility feeding trials
• Blood parameters
• Relative Supersaturation trials
• Stool conformation
• Amino acid analysis
• Fatty acid analysis
• Toxicology studies and stability data
• Clinical trials for efficacy in conjunction with vets and pet owners
• Peer reviewed research
The centrepiece of the laboratory in terms of product safety at the veterinary exclusive food plants is the use of Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS), a system that compares the "fingerprint” of an ingredient to a database of standards. If the NIRS results for the incoming ingredient do not match the standard, then the ingredient is rejected prior to unloading.
The consequence of this remarkable technology is that pet owners can be assured that Royal Canin Veterinary Exclusive products are free of any contamination and are 100% safe. Hill's Prescription Diets also perform safety inspections to ensure product safety.
In doing this, we feel the pet foods we carry in our hospital are not only the most researched but the most nutritious and safest products on the market. With some of the recent pet food recalls, we want to make sure your pet is eating safe, healthy and nutritious food.