Good nutrition is vital to your pet’s health, and can affect them from head to tail and everything in between. Most name brand pet foods are well-balanced and are the only nutrition your pet needs. Adding “treats” such as table scraps can be high in calories and very unhealthy. According to Hills Pet Nutrition, feeding 1 ounce of cheddar cheese to a 20 pound dog is equivalent to a person eating 2 and a half hamburgers! Even the most caring pet owner can cause obesity and stomach upset for their beloved by sharing even the smallest amount of people food.
Your pet’s diet plays a larger role in their life besides just filling their bellies! There are many formulations by many manufacturers that are geared towards more specific needs such as sensitive stomachs, joint issues and weight problems. Many of these formulations are offered in over the counter options but your veterinarian’s office also have prescription diets for chronic health conditions. Diet and nutrition can play a key role in helping treat disorders such as chronic urinary tract infections or bladder stones, allergies, arthritis, irritable bowel and diabetes.
Another side of nutrition is weight control. Many of us can tell if we have an overweight animal but are unsure of our options to help combat the bulge in our pet. Over feeding or feeding the wrong formulation for your pet’s life stage can add unwanted weight or be a factor in a chronically thin animal. There are 3 life stages for your pet, kitten/puppy, adult, and geriatric. Depending on your pet’s age, their nutritional needs can vary by quite a lot. If you are concerned about any nutritional changes to your pet’s diet please feel free to contact the clinic. Our staff will be able to help you identify your animal’s dietary needs as well as the preferred amounts they should be given to maintain a desirable body condition score.