Hills Metabolic Diet
Several years ago, Hills Pet Food introduced a new food called Metabolic Diet. This food works with your pet’s metabolism to facilitate weight loss and help your pet feel full and satisified in between meals. This diet has helped many cats and dogs that were having difficulty losing weight with traditional weight loss programs.
This year, Hills combined the benefits of the Metabolic Diet with the ingredients in Feline C/D and Canine J/D diets. The new diet combinations are called Feline Metabolic + Urinary and Canine Metabolic + Mobility.
To keep clients informed on how these new diets may benefit your pet, we've provided the information below to help understand the current diet your pet may be on and which situations we're recommending patients move to the new diets. Please consult with one of our veterinarians with any additional questions you may have.
Cats on C/D
Hills C/D food is incredibly effective in preventing urinary crystals and treating lower urinary tract disease. C/D food has helped many cats that in the past have developed bloody urine or urethral blockages secondary to urinary crystal or stone production. Unfortunately, many cats on the C/D diet are also overweight.
Dogs on J/D
Omega fatty acids are terrific for joint health and the J/D food is packed with them. Omega fatty acids help reduce inflammation in joints and many dogs with arthritis and other joint issues benefit from the J/D diet. Many dogs with joint issues, also struggle with weight loss.
C/D Feline Customer
If your cat currently eats the C/D diet and is overweight, your veterinarian recommends that you transition to the food Metabolic + Urinary Feline. Weight loss is expected on this diet and best practice is to weigh your pet 1-3 months after starting this new diet.
J/D Canine Customer
If your dog currently eats the J/D diet and is overweight, your veterinarian recommends that you transition to the food Metabolic + Mobility Canine. Weight loss is expected on this diet and best practice is to weigh your pet 1-3 months after starting this new diet.
Metabolic Canine Customer
If your dog currently eats the Metabolic diet, and also has concurrent joint issues (like arthritis), your veterinarian recommends that you transition to the food Metabolic + Mobility Canine. Since your pet’s weight may change after starting this new diet, best practice is to weigh your pet 1-3 months after starting this new diet.
Disorders of the eyes are some of the most common concerns we see at Westgate Pet Clinic. Many are simple problems that require simple therapies to remedy. Others can be very serious, requiring aggressive, prompt treatment to prevent permanent damage. Occasionally disorders of the eyes are a sign of a systemic disease that requires treatment of underlying disease in order to help the eyes return to normal. Following are some common problems seen in pet dogs and cats.
Depending on where the redness is, these can be simple or complex problems. Redness of the eyelids could be a sign of allergies or infection of the glands of the eyelid (stye). Conjunctivitis, or inflammation of the lining of the eyelids, is one of the most common disorders we see. These can be primary, resulting from something as simple as dust or debris in the eyes or can be secondary to allergies or pain or inflammation of the cornea (surface of the eye) or sclera (white of the eye). Often conjunctivitis is accompanied by green or yellow discharge which may suggest infection.