Pet Nutrition

Cummings Veterinary Hospital

5111 Church Road
Easton, PA 18045



Good nutrition, quality food, and maintaining a proper weight are important to keeping your pet healthy. Proper diet is key to ensure your pet’s body is functioning optimally. We advise providing good quality pet food and fresh water throughout your pet’s life. There are a number of excellent commercial pet foods on the market today. Feed pets a diet that is specific to them. For example, while dogs can eat cat food, cats require taurine, an amino acid that is vital to feline heart health and other bodily functions, and is not found in dog food.

Veterinary or Therapeutic Nutrition

Some pets have veterinary health issues that benefit from therapeutic nutrition. These special veterinary diets help minimize symptoms, promote recovery, and manage disease. Issues addressed by veterinary food formulas include allergies, skin issues, diabetes, kidney disease, cardiac, and other disorders.

If your pet experiences skin or dermatology problems related to food allergies, it is likely we’ll have very specific guidelines on diet. If we determine that your pet has a specific food allergy, we will work to eliminate that food throughout the diet. For example, if your dog has a beef or wheat allergy, rawhide can no longer be given to your dog.

Did You Know 53—55% of America’s Pets Are Overweight?

Just as with humans, excess weight takes a toll on our pet’s health. Weight-related diseases for pets include arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

What many of us fail to realize is that just a few extra pounds on a pet differs vastly from a few excess pounds on us. Consider that a 90-pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186-pound 5’ 4" female or a fluffy feline that weighs 15 pounds is equivalent to a 254-pound 5’ 9" male. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has developed weight equivalent charts to determine how much your pet weighs compared to an average adult human male or female. These charts are intended to explain just how serious a few extra pounds can be on your pet.

How Cummings Veterinary Hospital Helps You to Maintain Your Pet’s Healthy Weight

  • At regular, preventive exams, we will weigh and evaluate your pet
  • We will provide dietary and behavioral advice
  • Review our helpful links page for further tips

Tips for Maintaining Your Pet’s Weight

  • Consult with us on proper foods and quantities
  • Measure the food you provide
  • Consider feeding smaller portions more frequently
  • Go easy on treats, which pack in unnecessary calories (dogs can be trained to regard carrots and celery as treats)
  • Play and walk with your pet more often