Nutritional Consultations and Pet Foods from Manzini Animal Hospital
We have a wide selection of veterinary pet foods and treats for both cats and dogs that can help them live longer, happier lives. From adult maintenance diets to specially formulated diets, such as hypoallergenic and kidney formulations, we have the diet that will suit your pet. If we do not carry the specific brand of food that you need, we can often specially order it in for you.
Did you know that the food your puppy ingests can have long lasting effects on his immune system, his joint longevity and his oral health?
We realize that not every pet or family is going use a veterinary based diet but we encourage owners to research before you buy. If you are thinking about a particular food we recommend you call the 1-800 number on the bag and ask for information on feeding trials. A rubber boot's guaranteed analysis looks like a high protein diet but is totally undigestable. Would you feed your toddler the same food as a teenager or the same food as an aging grandmother? Remember: Each age group has different nutritional requirements in pets as well as humans. Feel free to ask more. Ask us about the "corn myth", the low down on by products and why high protein is not for everyone.
In the last 5-10 years there has been a real focus on nutrition in veterinary and human medicine. It has been proven with scientific research that we are what and how we eat. This directly affects our health and longevity. With the advancement in modern technology pet nutritionist are able to tell you what exact nutrients are in the foods, how they are absorbed, bioavailability (how much we are able to utilize each particular nutrient) and how it affects growth, kidney, liver function, etc.
Unfortunately, not all pet food manufacturer`s are the same. Veterinary food producer`s can only sell in veterinary clinics and are held to a much higher standard. All of their prescription diets have to have several studies that prove their efficacy. Royal Canin VCN (Veterinary Clinical Nutrition) even has a NIRS spectrometer that validates every thing going into the food and everything coming out so there are no contamination issues. They are also considered one of the most environmentally friendly companies with recycled water waste systems, self sustaining energy production and North American sourced products only unless highly specialized. Hills prescription diets has the largest nutritional research facilities in the world, where the research pets are housed like royalty.
It can be a bit confusing even for us in the world of veterinary clinical nutrition because there are so many products but as the technology advances they are able to pinpoint specific health and taste needs. Do not hesitate to contact us with any nutritional questions, if we do not know we have access to many veterinary nutritionists who can help us. They have even helped us formulate a home cooked diet for a dog with very special needs.