NORTHGATE ANIMAL HOSPITAL
1600 Hamill Road Hixson, Tennessee 37343
Telephone 423-875-9033 FAX 423-875-9064
Serving the Chattanooga Pet Community
Northgate Animal Hospital of Hixson Tennesee Chattanooga Veterinarians Pet Vaccinations Spay & Neuter Services Laser Veterinary Surgery for Animals Pet Boarding for Dogs & Cats
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 12:15 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed Holidays Observed
by the Hospital
For After Hours Emergencies
please call the doctor's answering
service at (423) 875-9033 or
for Immediate Emergencies
contact R.I.V.E.R at
Prescription Pet Food Diets for Dogs & Cats
Obesity is a rising problem in the veterinary medicine field, it contributes
to a large number of diseases as well as discomfort for our beloved pets.
Keeping your pet active and on a well-balanced diet is an important factor
in our wellness care.
Whether your pet is fighting a weight problem or requires a special diet in
conjunction with health care management and treatment, our Staff will
counsel you on the many nutritional options that are available to pet
owners. With busy work schedules, we understand it can be difficult for
daily exercise with your pet. We understand that some pets, particularly
senior pets, may find physical activity challenging due to arthritis or other
common aging issues.
Foods to avoid: Chocolate,
coffee, tea, citrus extracts, dairy
products, onions, garlic, sugar,
especially no bones that splinter
easily, and keep your pet away
from high-fat, greasy foods.
Don’t be fooled by the label on the bag of dog or cat food. If you are not familiar with what makes up the
ingredients listed it can be quite misleading. Allow us to educate you or give you a recommendation
about the proper food for your pet. Good quality food can be tailored for the type of pet you have to
prevent and/or manage health issues that are common among that breed. Remember to always provide
lots of fresh, clean water at all times. Table scraps do not offer the nutrition that they need. The more
you give them human food the less likely he/she is to eat their own. Your pet will get less of the vitamins
and minerals he needs and probably more of those he does not need. Table scraps are also the quickest
route to weight problems, even worse it can lead to your pet becoming a picky eater. Breaking your pet of
the habit is difficult. Table scraps should never account for more than 10% of your mature pets' diet.
Treats are better than table scraps because they have the nutrition your pet needs to maintain his health.
They also encourage good behavior, as treats are usually given as a reward. Many have ingredients not
found in regular dog food, and so can provide additional nutrition.