Our diets play huge roles in our overall quality of life, affecting everything from the number on the scale to the likelihood of getting certain cancers and chronic conditions. At Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital, we know animals are no exception. The food you feed your pets should have the right balance of nutrients and vitamins, and the right amount of calories for their age and lifestyle. Our veterinarian health care team will help you determine the ideal diet for your pet, which may include specialty foods available right here at our veterinary hospital.
Nutritional Counselling for Overweight/Obese Pets
More than half of all pets are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and pet diets are a leading reason for this problem. Just like humans, pets that are overweight or obese are at increased risk for a host of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and joint problems. Not all commercial pet foods are created equal. Our veterinarians understand that it can be difficult for pet owners to know which food is right for their pet and determine whether the health claims on the food packages are accurate. To help your pet lose weight, our veterinarians will analyze your pet’s current diet and level of exercise. For many pets, simple changes can make a big difference. Increasing activity levels with longer walks or more time running off leash, coupled with healthier foods and a decrease in treats will help your dog lose the weight. Playing with your cat each day, decreasing daily food quantities and reducing the number of treats can help cats shed the extra pounds. Our veterinarian will create a custom dietary treatment plan that meets your pet’s specific weight loss and weight management goals.
Are you worried about your pet’s weight or just not sure if you’re feeding your pet the right amount of food? A nutritional consultation with veterinarian is the first step to learning more about your pet’s unique dietary needs. Schedule yours today!