Small Bites: Proper Pocket Pet Nutrition

A large part of taking good care of less traditional pets is feeding them correctly. Each species has its own unique nutritional needs and requirements, and sometimes it can be hard to know if you are doing it right.

Proper pocket pet nutrition is extremely important for your pet’s health and well-being. Thankfully, you aren’t alone when it comes to feeding these smaller critters correctly, Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here for you and your pet. 

Knowing is Half the Battle

When you choose to bring a pocket pet into your family, you take on the responsibility for learning how to properly care for that animal. Different pocket pet species have different characteristics and needs – it’s not one-size-fits-all!


Mozzarella, Cottage, and Roquefort: Can Pets Eat Cheese (and Should They)?

Can pets eat cheese?

We’re all tempted by delicious foods, but few are as satisfying to eat as cheese. Whether it’s goat, cow, sheep, yak, donkey, or camel, world milk production yields tons of sweet, salty, fatty cheeses. Aside from people, animals also show great interest in this savory, creamy, delicately-flavored dairy product. But just because most pets eat cheese, does that mean they should?


Mealworms for Pets? The Surprising Benefits of Edible Insects

Mealworm for pets are a surprising source for pet nutrition

Here in the United States, insects are generally thought of as pests or regarded with a sense of squeamishness. Most people can’t imagine purposely allowing insects to reside in their homes, let alone eating one (or many)!

Although it can be hard to imagine popping any type of insect into our mouths, about ⅓ of the world’s population disagrees. Edible insects, such as mealworms, are easy and inexpensive to breed and surprisingly nutritious. This, of course, begs the question: if they’re so good for humans, what about mealworms for pets?


Pet Nutrition: Is a Grain-Free Diet Good or Bad?

Avoid a grain-free diet for pets for proper pet nutrition.

Remember when the Atkins diet was all the rage? It was soon replaced by the South Beach diet which was later supplanted by the Paleo diet. And there’s vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets to choose from as well. Lately, it seems that going “grain-free” is thing to do, and according to proponents of this lifestyle, eliminating grains like wheat, rice, millet, corn, barley, and oats, reduces symptoms of various conditions. But what happens when this human diet is applied to pet nutrition?