You are what you eat, and the same is true of your pet! Preventive care also includes food.

A nutrient-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense against many diseases and other health problems. Proper daily nutrition supports healthy growth and aging. The right food can boost your pet’s immune system, improve digestive health, fight or prevent obesity, and increase skin, coat, and hair health.

We are happy to provide nutritional recommendations based on your pet’s lifestyle, energy level, and individual health-related needs.


Average dogs and cats that eat balanced, nutrient-rich diets and that are in good health may not need additional dietary supplements. However, plenty of pets, particularly aging or overweight pets, may benefit from taking regular supplements.

Always check with your Best Friends Animal Hospital veterinarian before giving your pets supplements, as you may actually be trying to treat a deficiency caused by a different underlying health issue. Plus, some supplements can interact with prescription medications.

Your Best Friends Animal Hospital veterinarian may recommend the following supplements, depending on your pet’s needs:

  • Fatty acids for healthy skin and coats
  • Fish oil for reduced inflammation
  • Probiotics for balanced digestive systems, reduced allergy symptoms, and/or boosted immune systems
  • Joint supplements

To learn more about nutrition and supplements, schedule an appointment with your Best Friends Animal Hospital veterinarian.