What Nutritional Counseling Can Do for Your Pet
It’s important to understand what constitutes a healthy diet in your pet.
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, for just as being overweight and obese can lead to health problems for people, the same rules apply to your furry friends. Making sure that your pet maintains a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is crucial for their health, and fortunately, our High Point, NC, veterinarians can provide nutritional counseling for pet parents who may not know exactly where to start—read on to learn more!
Nutritional Counseling from our High Point Animal Hospital
No matter whether your pet has just been diagnosed with a condition that requires some dietary changes or you are just looking for healthier meal and treat alternatives, our veterinary doctors here in High Point, NC, can help you find the right nutritional plan to keep your pet healthy and happy. We provide dietary counseling, as well as answer questions and address any concerns that pet owners may have along the way.
Nutritional counseling is a great way to educate and inform pet owners about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet for their pet. We will tailor the counseling and nutritional plan to meet your pet’s lifestyle, needs, health problems, and age. As your pet gets older we may also need to adjust or alter their diet accordingly.
Understand Your Pet’s Health
A pet’s dietary needs will depend on a variety of factors including their size and activity level. It’s probably obvious to say that smaller pets will eat smaller amounts of food than larger pets. So, how much should your pet eat? Most pets will need about 25 to 30 calories per pound per day in order to maintain their weight. This means that a 30-lb. dog will need around 800 calories while an average cat can make do with 300 calories per day. And remember, those treats really add up!
Weight gain is the most obvious sign that your pet is eating too much and that you need to alter their diet accordingly. If your pet is eating a healthy diet they shouldn’t be gaining weight. Additionally, different pets need different kinds of foods based on their size and shape. For example, a dog will require a diet that is rich in protein while rabbits and hamsters may benefit from eating more vegetables and fiber-rich foods. If you aren’t sure what to feed your pet, then it’s time to talk with your veterinarian.
Give Animal Hospital a Call
If you are concerned that your pet isn’t getting the proper nutrients they need from their diet, don’t hesitate to contact our animal hospital in High Point, NC, today to schedule a nutritional counseling appointment with one of our veterinarians. We can be reached at (336) 841-8877.