Nutritional Counseling


Our animals' daily diet is extremely important to their total health. At Bag of Bones Barkery, our animal nutrition counseling aims to empower animal lovers to provide their pets with a high-quality diet through each stage of life. Proper diet can help improve many health-related concerns including food intolerances, pet food allergies, excessive weight gain or weight reduction, nutritional insufficiencies, pet diabetes, skin and coat afflictions, renal system disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and poor immune response. Nutritional requirements for pups and cats vary as a result of many factors such as age, size, breed, exercise levels, physical health and more. Consequently, a one-size-fits-all solution to nutrition will not work. Our team can counsel you on which foods will be appropriate according to your pet's demands, amount to feed and what to seek out on pet food labels. Contact us to set up a nutrition evaluation for your pet.


Senior Pet Nutrition

When a cherished animal gets older, their eating habits and dietary requirements can change too. As a general guideline, animals are regarded as elderly when they've arrived at one-half of their expectation of life. If a senior animals' exercise and metabolic levels decline, it may be time to decrease their caloric consumption to help prevent obesity, as the extra weight is just as unhealthy for animals as it is for people. 



Puppy and Kitten Animal Nutrition

Puppies and kittens need appropriate nutrients and calories in order to help them grow. That being said, the very same strategy that works for a smaller breed puppy, such as a Maltese, would not be ideal for a large breed, such as a Rottweiler.



Nutrition for Working Dogs

Stage show and working dogs have special dietary needs. Generally, working dogs are larger breeds that are specifically bred to perform tasks like sledding or herding. To perform their best, these dogs need a high-performance pet food that helps keep them working at top productivity. Depending on the amount of energy needed, working dogs may require 1.5 to 2.5 times the volume of food as a sedentary pet. If dogs are working in rigorous conditions, the volume of food needed increases even more.



Nutrition for Pregnant/ Nursing Dogs

First-rate nutrition sets the stage for a thriving pregnancy. Maintaining nutrition and bodyweight throughout and after pregnancy is essential to the wellness of the momma dog and her young pups. Malnourishment caused by inadequate nutrient consumption can lead to miscarriages or health problems. While lactating, energy needs increase and are directly proportional to milk generation and the size of the litter.



Giant Breed Animal Nutrition

Large breeds have unique nutritional requirements. Large dogs need well-defined amounts of essential nutrients to fulfill their growth requirements. Large breed puppies need a food produced to ensure proper bone and muscle growth and the right amount of energy to avoid developmental concerns.



Cat Nutrition

Cat nutrition is closely connected to overall wellness, and a cat's diet can help avoid a variety of issues including common allergies, hyperparathyroidism, and food intolerances. Obesity is also a prime issue, and overweight cats are at risk for a multitude of problems such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, breathing problems, renal disease, heart disease, and a life expectancy lessened by as much as 20%. Kitties are obligate carnivores, which means the best diet for cats is one high in protein and low in carbohydrates. No matter if your cat is dealing with a weight problem or requires a unique diet in conjunction with healthcare maintenance and treatment, our staff will counsel you on the various nutritional options that are available to cat parents. Don't be reluctant to get in touch with us if you have any questions about finding the purrrrrrfect cat diet.