Nutrition & Weight Management

Nutrition is an important component for optimum pet health. On a day-to-day basis, it is one of the most affecting factors to your pet’s wellbeing and longevity that you are responsible for.  Appropriately planned and balanced nutrition can help pets’ fight diseases. Nutritional plans can be used in conjunction with treatment plans to fight diseases such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and more.

Even if your pet does not have a chronic condition, every animal has individual nutritional needs. For example, puppies require different vitamins and minerals, and more calories in comparison to their body size, to help them grow. Senior pets also need specific nutrients for support of healthy joints and vision, and less calories in comparison to their body size as their metabolism slows down.

With so many factors to consider, the best option for most pet owners is simply to ask a veterinarian for advice.

Our nutritional counseling services can provide the following to pet owners:

  • Advice for day-to-day wellness and health
  • Information about appropriate serving sizes
  • Recommendations for clinically-proven pet food
  • Advice for the nutrition of exotic animals
  • An explanation of appropriate levels of exercise and physical activity
  • Tips for keeping your pet a healthy weight
  • Individualized counseling regarding your pet’s overweight or obesity status, and next steps

Tips for maintaining a healthy-weight pet

In the United States, one out of every three pets is overweight or obese. Overweight pets are more likely to contract a chronic disease, their lifespans tend to be shorter, and their quality of life is not as high as a healthy and trim pet. If your pet is overweight or obese, please consult your veterinarian about an appropriate treatment plan.

The following list is a series of tips that can help to maintain a healthy weight for your pet:

  • Exercise them regularly. Dogs do best when they go on regular walks with their owners. Just letting them out in a backyard to relieve themselves might not be enough exercise for their needs.
  • Feed them nutritionally balanced, veterinarian-approved pet food.
  • Do not feed pets table scraps. Even table scraps that are considered healthy for humans may not be appropriate for the digestive system of a dog or cat, and can be toxic.
  • Feed your pet appropriate portions of food. Do not keep their food bowl full all of the time, even if they eat all of their food immediately. Read the serving instructions on their food bag for correct portioning and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

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