At Lifetime Veterinary Clinic we have one of the best inventory of Prescription Diets including Royal Canin Veterinary Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet, Purina Veterinary Diets and many others available on our web store! We believe that nutrition plays an important part in your pet’s health, that’s why Nutritional Consultations are a part of every wellness examination.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates

It is common for most people to think that prescription diets are only used for pets that have been diagnosed with a medical problem. While there are diets suited for that, all pets can benefit from being prescribed a diet that is highly nutritious. The diets that we carry and recommend have been formulated to cover a wide range of nutritional needs, ranging from theraputic diets for pets with complex health issues, to wellness formulas that will meet the needs of dogs and cats in all life stages.

FAQ About Veterinary Diets:

Q: What are by-products? Why are they in my pet’s food?
A: A by-product is ANY ingredient that is produced or left over when some other product or ingredient is made. Broths and gelatin are examples of meat by-products in human food. By-products that are in pet foods that meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) guidelines come from clean animal parts, such as liver, kidney, and other organs. They are NOT beaks, hair, hooves, etc. By-products are also an excellent source of protein and amino acids.

Q: What is the difference between chicken meal and whole chicken?
A: Chicken meal is the dry rendered product from a combination of clean chicken flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone from whole carcasses of chicken, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet and intestinal content. It is ground up once it has been carefully dried to a moisture level of 10%. The protein content is approximately 65% and the fat level is approximately 12%. Regular (or whole) chicken contains about 70% water with 18% protein and 5% fat.

Q: What about wheat? Can my pet be allergic to it?
A: First, let’s discuss pet food allergies. It is estimated that 7%-12% of allergies in pets are caused by food. (The other allergies are considered environmental, such as pollen, dust, flea bites, etc) Allergies can form to almost any ingredient at any time in a pets life. The more exposure, more likely an allergy will develop. The only way to truly diagnosis a food allergy (of any kind) is to start an food elimination trial with your Veterinarian. Allergies to wheat are NOT common but if you suspect your pet is suffering from a food allergy please contact us!

Q: Should my pet food be grain-free?
A: Grains supply energy. The carbohydrates, proteins, and other nutrients that are provided by grains will add nutritional and sructural value to your pet’s food. Most cells in your pet’s body will use carbohydrates as a primary source of energy. Grains also provide fibre, that will help with gastrointestinal health and essential fatty acids that will contribute to a healthy skin and coat.

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