Pet dietary management and nutrition counseling can help your pet live a healthier, more activelife. From selecting the right food for your pet’s nutrition needs to helping your pet maintain a healthy weight, dietary management is an important part of pet wellness care.
Greenbrae and Marin County Veterinarian Helps Pets Maintain Healthy Weight, Reduce Risk for Illness
The average pet superstore is packed with different pet foods, all making different veterinary health claims. Our veterinarian understands that it can be difficult to know which food is right for your pet’s wellness needs. It can also be difficult to tell whether these health claims are even accurate. Some pet foods may advertise claims such as “made from real meat,” but use primarily animal by-products and other filler ingredients like corn gluten. Unfortunately, lower-quality food lacks the nutrients your pet needs to truly thrive. Additionally, leading pet foods and pet treats have been recalled in the last few years due to contamination issues. We understand how difficult it can be to choose the right pet food, which is why we offer Greenbrae and Marin County pet dietary management at our pet clinic.
If you are not sure what food to feed your pet, our vet can make specific recommendations based on your pet’s specific wellness needs. For example, large breed puppies should be fed a large-breed puppy food for the first six months of their life. Large breed puppies are at risk for hip dysplasia when they are younger. Large breed food helps large breed puppies safely gain weight without stressing the joints, which helps to decrease the risk for hip dysplasia.
Increasingly, today’s pets are also allergic to many common pet food ingredients. If your pet has a food allergy, our vet will use an elimination diet to determine the trigger foods and suggest substitutions to prevent future problems.
If your pet has a chronic health condition, our veterinarian may also recommend a specific prescription diet. Prescription diets for pets can naturally help manage a variety of health conditions, including thyroid imbalances, bladder/kidney problems, and joint problems. Changing your pet’s diet can also improve skin coat and health. Many of our pet owners are surprised to see the substantial difference that pet dietary management can make for a pet’s overall health. For example, a diet dedicated to joint health can help relieve pain for mildly arthritic pets and help them become more active.
Overweight pets may also need a specially formulated diet. Even a few extra pounds on a pet can have a big impact on a pet’s well-being. Overweight pets are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, joint dysfunction and other chronic health problems. Overfeeding is a common cause for pet obesity. While rewarding pets with treats may seem harmless, too many treats and overfeeding poor-quality food can lead to long-term health problems. If your pet is overweight, our vet will work with you to help your pet lose weight through dietary changes and increased activity.
Your pet can benefit from Greenbrae and Marin County pet dietary management. Contact us today to learn more!