Nutrition & Weight Management
In the modern age, pet owners have almost complete control over their pet’s typical diet. This can make a big difference in a cat or dog’s overall health and lifespan, and it is crucial to be informed and aware of your pet’s individual dietary needs.
Regular exercise and proper nutrition will keep your pet healthy and happy. It is also important to take into consideration any specific needs that your pet may have. For example, younger pets need food that will help them to grow bigger and stronger, and older pets may need food targeted to their individual health concerns. Health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, allergies, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer each may be partially subdued in part by a specific nutrition plan.
The nutrition services at 5280 Veterinary Care include:
- Everyday health and wellness advice
- Information about food trials and diet choices
- Nutritional advice for pets with concerns such as allergies
- Guidelines and types of food, quantities, and feeding schedules
- Individualized nutrition plans for pets with chronic illness
Pet obesity, in particular, is a growing concern. Approximately 35% of dogs and cats are overweight—and overweight pets have shortened life expectancies and a diminished quality of life. Diabetes, arthritis, joint pain, mobility issues, heart disease, high blood pressure, and skin issues are all more likely to plague overweight animals. This means that many pet owners may be feeling frustrated or concerned about weight management. Thankfully, if you are an owner faced with these issues, we are here to help. Veterinary examinations are important for every dog and cat, but with the extra health considerations obesity causes, more routine visits are even more essential.
Here are a few tips from us for getting your pet fit:
- Select a clinically-approved pet food. We can help by recommending the best brand for your pet’s size, breed, sex, and special health concerns.
- Track the weight loss success as your pet drops pounds by regularly weighing them and taking progress pictures. Regularly bring your pet into the clinic so we can help adjust goals and nutrition with you in accordance with their physical changes.
- Follow the recommended daily feeding guide. Measure your pet’s food and avoid “free feeding,” which is when you leave food out for whenever your pet wants it.
- Do not allow your pet access to “table scraps” or any food that is not specifically formulated for their species.
- Play food puzzle games to slow down how quickly they eat while also stimulating their mind. Many dogs and cats scarf down their food as fast as possible, but this is not a good habit!
- Provide them with adequate exercise. Dogs can enjoy a regular schedule of outdoor activities. For cats, 15 minutes of active indoor play is recommended. This should be a fun chance for you to bond with your furry friend! Figure out how they love to play best, and feel encouraged to ask for any recommendations.