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Dietary Needs for Cats and Dogs

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While it’s obvious that cats and dogs look very different from one another from the outside, it’s easy to assume that their internal processes would function the same. However, you’d be wrong in that assumption, as the metabolic differences between dogs and cats are quite different. So much so that they each require varying nutrients and amounts in their diets to keep their bodies functioning properly. For the well being of your furry friends, here are four important differences in the nutritional needs of cats and dogs.

Cats are Carnivores

Cats need the nutrients that are found in animal-based products in order to meet their dietary requirements. As cats have evolved and consumed animals over time, their bodies have become unable to properly digest and metabolize some of the essential nutrients that the animals they feed on are able to. Because a cat’s form can’t do it on its own, it’s necessary for their health that they’re fed on animal-based ingredients that are found in muscles and organ meat. Dogs, on the other hand, are semi-carnivores and are able to get away with less meat in their diets.

Amino Acids
Cats need more protein in their diets than dogs, proteins that are made up of amino acids. They need taurine as well, but their bodies are unable to make much of it purely from the amino acids within them. Without high levels of taurine in their diet, cats are likely to suffer from dilated cardiomyopathy (a heart condition), reproductive failure, abnormal development at a young age or retinal degeneration.

Fatty Acids
Fatty acids need to be consumed through food, as a pet’s body can’t make sufficient amounts of it on its own. Some of these essential nutrients, like arachidonic acid, are a fatty acid that a cat can’t produce on its own while a dog can. It’s necessary for producing an inflammatory response that tells the body when to send healing means to a location that’s experiencing blood clotting. It also supports the use of both the reproductive and gastrointestinal systems while also maintaining proper skin growth.

Cats are unable to create active forms of vitamin A as well as the necessary quantities of certain vitamin B complexes to nourish the body. These vitamins are necessary to support the health of your pet’s eyes and skin. They also help in converting proteins, carbohydrates and fats into energy. Dogs, however, are able to convert these pre-vitamin forms into their active forms through their metabolic processes.

At Truscott Animal Hospital, we’re a team of dedicated veterinarians and pet lovers who take the care of your pets very seriously. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, our animal hospital offers services such as pet vaccinations, pet wellness, dental care, dietary counselling, emergency vet treatments and more. We’re a Mississauga vet clinic that will do what we can to keep your cats, dogs and other exotic pets healthy, so book your appointment online or give us a call.

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Marina Bond January 2023

I came here with neighbour recommendation and have never regret. Having 2 female cats and 1 of them had really bad troubles as a kitten and I believe that Dr. Medhat really saved her life. Fair pricing compared to other hospitals we had been through when our kitten was sick. I appreciate Dr. Medhat’s and his team’s kindness and professionalism when helping us. Greatfull from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Shawna Bondoc January 2023

I found the best finally!

A M Weselan January 2023

I just started taking my dog to see Dr. M a few months ago. He has a very practical approach to treating my dog. He was also able to squeeze me in for a last minute treatment when something came up which needed to be addressed before we went out of town. All of the team at Truscott have been very professional and kind. Take your pet there - they will be well cared for.

Yasmine El-Garhy January 2023

Honestly the most professional and humane hospital and staff. I would personally love to thank Dr Medhat for all his hard work . My cats feel safe always here. Highly recommended.

Kaye January 2023

We moved into the area a few years ago and began buying our cat food from Truscott Animal Hospital (we have a very specific cat food we order that aids in one of our cat's urinary issues while being safe for our other cat who has a heart murmur -- we have three cats). This past summer, we admittedly still hadn't taken our cats for a check-up because it causes severe anxiety and transferred aggression issues but in August, our youngest began yowling and ran upstairs. When I went to check on him, it looked as though one of his canines had become dislodged or cracked and he was obviously in severe pain. Truscott Animal Hospital was able to take us later that day to look at our cat and we found out he was going to need a large number of teeth removed due to gum disease; they were able to book him in for surgery two days later. They let us know that 11 teeth would need to be removed but thankfully the doctor only had to remove 9 once surgery began. From the moment that I met Dr. Meawad, it was clear how much he cares for and loves animals. He was extremely kind to us; I felt very guilty that our cat had to go through this but Dr. Meawad was so compassionate and reassured me that our cat's gum disease wasn't our fault and that unfortunately sometimes it happens to cats regardless of the care they're receiving. Feline dental surgery is expensive but the final price at Truscott Animal Hospital was very reasonable, we appreciate this SO much as the surprise bill was difficult financially. They didn't even charge us for the follow-up appointment, which was so generous. Our cat's surgery was successful and after less than a day, he was back to his old self. Everything healed completely fine and it was as though nothing had ever happened! On Truscott Animal Hospital's website, Dr. Meawad says his goal is to treat his patients as if they are his own. I'd say his goal is accomplished over and over because I saw this firsthand with my own cat and through the many people I've see in the clinic requesting appointments with him and expressing their gratitude towards him. We are so happy to have found such an understanding and compassionate veterinary practice close to home. Dr. Meawad, thank you so much for treating our fur baby as your own (and I'm sorry it took me so long to write the review you deserve)! Thank you thank you thank you!

Elizabeth Gauthier January 2023

Best veterinarian and clinic staff! Dr. M saved our dog by giving us short notice appointments and calling in an ultrasound technician on short notice. The staff was amazingly caring and friendly. Our dog Puff has made a full recovery thanks to the medications and diet plan he suggested. I couldn’t be more happy! Truly great people at this clinic.

Rheejhik January 2023

Our cat Buddy suddenly suffered a catastrophic bladder blockage. Dr. M took him right in, quickly examined and Xrayed him and said immediate surgery was required. We gave our consent and Buddy was operated on that day and stayed overnight and was returned to us the next day. Dr. M and staff have always shown utmost care and concern for the animals brought to them. Our many thanks.

Janis Chung December 2022

Short story: after days and hours of research I chose to go to Dr M for my dog that was diagnosed with cancer. Dr M saved my dogs life. He is amazing with difficult dogs and compassionate - but most importantly to me he is extremely competent.

Long story: My dog laura was diagnosed with cancer. After which, we called and visited over 10 different vets with high ratings/awards/specialities because we did not want to settle for anything but the best with our dog (who is truly our daughter). We chose Dr M after hearing how each doctor would proceed with surgery to remove the cancer, and he slotted us in within a week and thank god we did. We originally went in to get one cancerous mass removed but when we showed him other lands which is what other vets diagnosed as a “fat deposit” he confidently suggested we remove and turned out to be an another cancer. He saved her life truly. She is a traumatized rescue and he was great with her because of his confidence, unlike any other vet we have seen. We could not be more grateful to Dr M.

Alaa El-Garhy December 2022

Dr. Medhat is A great Vet very knowledgeable and really loves all the pets that visits he takes extra steps to make sure the pet gets what’s needed. Would definitely recommend.

Ashley Gibson December 2022

Just started coming to Truscott Animal Hospital after hearing great things from family and friends. Was not disappointed. Great vet and friendly staff ! My rabbits are in great hands now!
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