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Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital

Diet & Nutrition

Proper diet and nutrition can help your pet fight against disease, maintain a proper weight, and promote the overall well-being of your pet.


Helping Your Pet Live a Healthy & Happy Life

Just like with humans, proper nutrition is crucial to the overall health and happiness of your pet. A good nutritional diet will help aid with their immune system, as well support their development if they are younger. Just how each and every animal has their own quirks and personalities, they have unique nutritional requirements to keep them as healthy as they can be.

At Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital, we understand that there are countless brands of foods available for cats and dogs, and it can be difficult deciding which is right for your furry little friend. That’s where our veterinary nutrition experts in Tulsa come in.


Maintaining a healthy body weight is a very important aspect of a pet’s overall physical health. Good nutrition can help provide your pet with a happier, safer, and longer life. There are many nutritional supplements that can help fight against disease, maintain a proper weight, and promote the overall well-being of any animal.

Why is maintaining a healthy weight important?

Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a pet that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause health problems as they get older. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a specific diet for your pet and their lifestyle. Our staff will help your pet battle unhealthy weight gain and counsel you on the best nutritional options available.

When is a diet change needed?

Pets should be fed a balanced wellness diet based on a number of factors, including their life stage, their breed or size, activity level, and any health issues they have. Diet changes are recommended when they enter a new life stage. For example, transitioning is recommended from puppy or kitten to adult, or from adult to senior, which is usually around age seven. Diet changes may also be recommended if your pet develops any issues that could be treated with a prescription diet, such as obesity or a food allergy.

How diet & nutrition can help your pet

We will help you make the right dietary changes for your pet so that they can stay on track living their happy and healthy lives. A healthy diet and good nutrition can reduce or even eliminate the following problems:

  • pet allergies

  • itching and scratching

  • dull coat

  • arthritis

  • joint and hip problems

  • intestinal disorders

Skin and coat supplements are a great way to keep your pet looking and feeling their best. Arthritis and joint supplements can be helpful for many pets as they age.

Personalized Pet Diets

Nutritional counseling starts when we meet with your pet and discuss with you their dietary needs. We’ll provide you with information on some of our favorite food brands, and help you determine which would be the best fit for your pet depending on their breed-specific feeding requirements, size, taste preference, and the amount of exercise they get a day.

Obviously, your pet can’t go to the store and select the food that they want, so they depend on you to make the right choice and give them a nutritional diet to keep them happy and healthy.

With how important proper nutrition is for your pet, we recommend doing a little research on your own to learn more about issues like:

  • Food safety and manufacturing

  • The ingredients in your dog or cat’s food

  • Any potential allergies your pat may have

  • The nutritional requirements for certain breeds

  • Nutrients that animals rely on

  • Other issues specific to your pet

Schedule Your Pet’s Nutritional Consultation Today

Every staff member at our animal clinic, from the employees at the front desk to our Tulsa veterinarians, have a deep care for animals and treat each and every one of the pets that we take care of like our very own. We know how much your pet means to you and we take our job of caring for them seriously.