Pet Nutrition

Ensuring a long, healthy life for your pet starts with proper nutrition! At Sugar Hill Animal Hospital, we offer Hills because they are committed to research and innovation and making high quality ingredients…only the best for your pet!

What should I look for in a dog food?

The differences between a premium food and budget food aren't found on the nutrition label; they're found in the quality and source of ingredients. 

Pet food ingredients are listed by order of weight. Each ingredient is weighed when it is added to the batch of food, and ingredients such as fresh meat contain a lot of water, much of which is lost during processing. This means that a dry diet that lists corn as the first ingredient may be nutritionally superior to one listing meat first.

Select diets with real, recognizable, whole-food ingredients. 

To further complicate matters, some nutrients are listed as a “minimum” percentage, while others are listed as a “maximum” percentage, meaning that the batch of food may contain a higher or lower percentage of the ingredient than shown on the label.

Here are some general tips to help you decide what should go into your dog’s food bowl:

1.            Select diets with real, recognizable, whole-food ingredients. 

2.            Select a low-calorie diet. Your dog’s diet should contain a relatively small amount of calories per cup. 

The best method to choose a food for your pet is to ask your veterinarian. 

Each nutrient in your pet’sfood has a purpose.

Without adequate nutrition, your dog would not be able to maintain muscle tone, build and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, perform normal daily activities with ease or fight-off infection.

Proteins provide a source of energy and help with muscle function and growth. 

Fats provide energy, assist with brain function, and keep the hair shiny and healthy. 

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