NUTRITION SUPPORT SERVICES
The Nutrition service at Cessna Lifeline is tailor-made, designed specifically on case to case basis. We provide quality nutrition consulting advice based on years of experience for companion animals. Appropriate nutrition not only plays an important part in the well being of your pet, in preventative health care and managing diseases.
We provide Nutrition recommendations for puppies and kittens, adult and senior dogs and cats. Custom diets are available for management of medical conditions. This includes:
› Commercial diet recommendations
› Critical care nutrition
› Weight loss diets
› Nutritional consultation for metabolic diseases
› Diets for pets with medical issues
› Home cooked diet formulations
› Analysis of current feeding, raw foods
› Recommended home cooked therapeutic diets
› Diets supplements recommendations
Weight Loss Management
Obesity is one of the most common issue seen in companion animals today. There are numerous health consequences associated with obesity such as Heart and cardio-respiratory diseases, Diabetes, Increased Blood Pressure, Increased risk of cancer, musculoskeletal conditions such as Hip Dysplasia, Osteoarthritis, Joint Pains, Luxation, ligament injuries, Lameness and Lethargy, decreased mobility, exercise intolerance and decreased life span. It is also a major concern as it significantly reduces the life span of a pet. Reducing the body weight of overweight animals is crucial while ensuring no loss of muscle mass. We provide recommendations by examining current food habits, carefully restricting food intake, while feeding a well balanced diet which contains sufficient essential nutrients such as proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals. We help in formulating a well balanced diet plan, exercise programs keeping this in mind.
FOR HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS
The first sign any pet parent will observe is reluctance to eat food during a medical condition. Pets have a reduced appetite or may not eat when sick. Our primary goal is to encourage dogs and cats to eat normally. Having said that, some patients may require feeding tubes (a method of parenteral nutrition) and are tolerant to this technique.
THERAPEUTIC / PRESCRIPTION / OTHER DIETS
Some known medical diseases and conditions require prescription diets. However not all diets for the same condition contain the same nutrient balance or ingredients. We recommend the best option after carefully evaluating the condition.
HOME COOKED MEALS
Pets love to eat. While most pet owners follow a similar pattern (home cooked food), they are not aware, these recipes may not contain all the essential nutrients pets require in correct and balanced proportions. We suggest modifications or help you formulate recipes based on individual pet needs.
Most pet foods are complete and balanced with the right proportions of vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins. Excess supplements can be harmful. We recommend the right quantity and time intervals between meals.
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At Cessna Lifeline, we will do a comprehensive review of your pet’s medical history, evaluation of the current diet, and recommendations for feeding your pet. Diets can be formulated with preferred ingredients to meet the individual needs of your pet.
Services offered include:
› Diet analysis
› Diet formulation for healthy pets
› Commercial diet feeding plan recommendations
› Diet formulation for pets with medical conditions including (but not limited to):
Nutrition Service Options:
› In-person consultation with or without diet formulation
› Veterinarian consultation
› Veterinary referral
› In-hospital consultations and support
We evaluate by examining the following:
› A complete medical history of your pet
› A detailed list of all medications and supplements currently given (frequency and dosage)
› A detailed list of commercial foods currently fed (Brand, Quality, Type) including treats and table scraps.
› A copy of recent diagnostic tests such as Complete Blood Count, Biochemical profile, Thyroid Tests (in the last six months)
› Detailed home recipes or home prepared diets
While there are many pet food companies offering a wide range of products based on ingredients, nutrient composition, selecting whats right and an appropriate diet should be done by following a few basic guidelines.
Life stages foods
We encourage all pet parents to talk to us about whether a particular life stage food is appropriate for your pet. We will provide recommendations on life stages foods, puppy/kitten versus adult, breed specific foods, large breed versus small breed foods. While some breeds have a faster rate of growth, other may lave a limited diet. It is very important to feed the right diet.
Natural, Holistic, and Organic Foods
We live in an age where things evolve constantly. What was right last year will be replaced with a better product. There has been a growing demand for pet foods labelled as Organic, Holistic and Natural. The choice is up-to you to include these in your pets diet.
Pet Food Recalls
Pet food products are recalled when there is a bacterial or a contamination suspected. All foods including humans have the potential to contain harmful bacteria (unless cooked). Most commercial foods are cooked and have a much reduced risk of bacterial contamination compared to raw food. Contamination is still possible, however, after the cooking step. Many of the large companies analyze food for potential contamination. Smaller companies often have fewer resources for testing, and fewer people are affected if such a food is recalled. The contamination often occurs not because of malice or inadequacies in the preparation, but from the supply chain itself.
Switching Pet foods (From one brand to another)
Different labels have different preparation techniques. So a 100 gram bowl of one brand will differ from a 100 gram bowl of another brand. We always recommend a slow transitioning between brands so that your pets digestive system (stomach and intestines), the natural good bacteria (residing in the stomach), gets used to newer ingredients. A sudden inclusion of newer fats or protein can be uneasy and lead to food reactions, allergies and Acute Diarrhea (loose stools).
Storing Pet Foods
Dry and soft moist foods should be stored in a cool dry place off the floor for no more than 3 months after opening. If you empty the bag into a storage container remember to empty the container completely before adding more food so that old food does not remain at the bottom and keep the label product code in case you have issues later. Canned foods should be kept in the fridge after opening and then for no more than 24 hrs.