Nutrition & Weight Management

Ever ventured down the pet food aisle at your local store? There is certainly no shortage of choices. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming.

So, how do you determine your pet food purchases? Many pet parents choose a particular food based solely on whether or not they believe their animal friend will eat it. Others choose a food based on how much it costs. If you’re guessing about your companion’s diet, or making decisions based on what the price tag reads, your pet could be suffering as a result.

What you feed your pet can have a significant impact on his or her wellness and overall health. In fact, good nutrition and a healthy weight can actually extend and improve your companion’s quality of life. This is especially important if your pet is older or suffers from existing health issues. The problem is, unless you’re an expert on animal nutrition and weight control, figuring out the right formula can be a challenge.

Don’t worry. The team at Oakridge Animal Clinic can help! Through our professional nutritional counseling and weight management services, we can develop a customized diet and exercise plan that will be tailored to meet your pet’s specific needs and help them achieve optimum health.

Nutritional needs vary based on a number of factors, including an animal’s age, breed, current weight and present health condition. For example, puppies and kittens have requirements that are vastly different from those of senior pets. Likewise, animals that suffer from certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, have their own unique needs in order to manage their condition and stay healthy.

Step one of our nutritional counseling services is determining exactly what your pet’s needs are. Once we do, we can then develop a diet that will sufficiently meet those needs. We’ll provide recommendations on what types of food products would be best, as well as how much and how often you should be feeding your pet to avoid overdoing it. We’ll even work with you to help you stay within your budget if cost is an issue.

The next step is managing your pet’s weight. Animals that carry even just a few extra pounds have are at much higher risk of developing a number of serious medical conditions, some of which can even be life threatening. Conversely, underweight pets are more susceptible to injury and illness. We’ll determine what your pet’s ideal weight range should be and then develop a plan to help achieve and maintain that healthy weight over time.

The last step is ongoing management. Just because we’ve created a customized plan for your pet, doesn’t mean it will last forever. As animals age, their bodies change and so do their nutritional needs and weight requirements. From time to time, we’ll re-evaluate your pet and make changes to the plan as needed.

Don’t play a guessing game with your pet’s health. Call us today to set up a personalized nutritional consultation and let us get your companion on the path to a lifetime of wellness.

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