Switch to Main Site
Practice Name

Callfield Companion

Social Media
Primary Location
4304 Call Field Rd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: (940) 692-7000
Fax: (940) 692-7434

Office Hours

Main Content

Pet Nutrition Advice From Your Wichita Falls Veterinarian

dog eating

While pets can be quite curious about the foods their humans eat, in the long run feeding them “people food” will not fully meet their specific nutritional needs. In fact, some foods like chocolate, grapes, onions, and garlic can be dangerous or even poisonous.

The amount of daily calories required for a dog each day varies depending on the size, age, and breed. Most adult cats require an average of 300 calories per day; however, the specific nutritional needs of dogs and cats are quite different from one another.

Nutritional Requirements of Cats

What do lions and tigers eat most? Meat. It’s no surprise, then, that the majority of a cat’s diet should be meat based. At least 40 percent of your cat’s diet should come from protein in order to provide the vital amino acids required for their health, nutrition and overall well-being.

Taurine, in particular, is essential and cannot be acquired from any other type of food. Taurine is crucial for eye, heart and reproductive functioning. Vitamin A is also provided by eating meat. In addition to 40 percent protein, a cat’s diet should be around 30 percent fats. Fat brings crucial nutrients such as fatty acids as well as vitamins D and E.

That said, your cat’s intake of fat should be monitored to ensure that he or she maintains a healthy weight. Cats do not require many carbohydrates. In fact, too many carbs can be detrimental to your cat’s health.

Optimal Nutrition For Your Dog

Many animal lovers are surprised to learn that dogs require far less protein than cats – less than half as much, to be exact. Protein should comprise around 18 percent of a canine diet along with just 10 to 15 percent fat. Healthy carbohydrates and just a bit of fiber should comprise the rest of your dog’s diet.

Both dogs and cats should be provided plenty of fresh water to support hydration and optimal digestion. They should be encouraged to play daily so that they get enough physical activity to support good health and maintain a healthy weight.

There’s An Ideal Dog Food and Cat Food Formula For Each Phase of Life

Pet nutrition can seem complex but fortunately, specially formulated cat food and dog food from reputable companies can help to take the guesswork out of pet nutrition. Ask your Wichita Falls veterinarian Callfield Companion Animal Clinic about the ideal dog food or cat food for your pet.

There are also special pet food formulas available for the different phases of a pet’s life, including kitten/puppy and senior formulas. We can also assist you with solutions to diagnose and address pet allergies as well as obesity and weight control.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Wichita Falls Veterinarian

Wichita Falls veterinarian Callfield Companion Animal Clinic can also give pet owners advice related to behavior modification and other aspects of health and nutrition to help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life. If you have additional questions about pet nutrition, contact Wichita Falls veterinarian Callfield Companion Animal Clinic to schedule an appointment.

New clients receive a FREE night of boarding.

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


My family has always taken all of our dogs here, and we've always been extremely pleased! All of the doctors are always super helpful, as well as the nurses and receptionists. One of my dogs was extremely sick with Parvo, and he wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for their expertise. They even called to check on him multiple times, which I thought was super sweet! I wouldn't take my dogs anywhere else in town for veterinary care.

Leah T. / Wichita Falls, TX

Office Hours

Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8 8 8 8 8 Closed Closed
5 5 5 5 5 Closed Closed


  • 4304 Call Field Rd Wichita Falls, TX 76308
  • (940) 692-7000

Newsletter Sign Up

Community Content