How can nutritional counseling help my pet?
Nutrition is an essential part of your pet’s wellness care, but when it comes to diet, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. Younger animals need food to help them grow up strong and healthy, while older pets can benefit from diets tailored to their specific health needs. Some pets have allergies that require dietary changes or others are facing obesity, a growing problem in both dogs and cats. When your pet is overweight it puts a strain on every part of the animal, from its feet to back, to internal organs.
Some specific examples include:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney and heart disease
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Shortened lifespan
The food and treats you feed your pet are essential to their health, vitality, and longevity. We also know the decision on what to feed and treat grows more difficult each day. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is an important part of your pet’s health and vitality. Being overweight is a serious problem that can be easily corrected with diet and exercise – just like our human counterparts!
Did you know that in 2018 alone, 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the US were overweight or obese? This is an alarming statistic. Making sure that your pet maintains a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is crucial for their health, and fortunately, we can provide nutritional counseling for pet parents who may not know exactly where to start—read on to learn more!
How Nutritional Counseling Can Help?
The good news is that many common diseases can be prevented by changes in diet, and therapeutic diets can also be used in the treatment of many health conditions. Your pet’s weight, physical activity, medical history and genetic predisposition are just some of the many factors we consider when tailoring a nutritional plan for you to follow. This is why we offer nutritional counseling for your pet at Dunckel Veterinary Hospital. Some of the nutritional topics that we can go over with you include:
- Basic nutrition and feeding practices
- Nutritional recommendations according to your pet’s stage of life
- Determining your pet’s daily caloric needs
- Interpreting pet food labels
- Supplementation for optimal health
- Balanced home-cooked diet formulations
Schedule a Nutritional Consultation
Navigating the available selection of pet foods on the market can be overwhelming, but with our expert nutritional advice, you can learn to make the best choice for your pet. Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to lose (or gain) a few pounds, pet nutritional counseling services at Dunckel Veterinary Hospital can help you and your pet meet those goals and keep your pet in good health. Give us a call at 810-653-3988 to request an appointment. Please fill out the following form: Nutritional Intake Form