Nutrition & Weight Management
Nutrition and Weight
Television, movies, and online videos are filled with examples of rotund puppies and chubby cats with seemingly charming personalities. However, no matter how cute or viral these examples become, it is the pet that loses at the end of the day. Poor nutrition and obesity can lead to countless health issues for your pet. Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s condition and provide you with the information and treatments necessary to help your pet reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Avoiding Obesity in Your Pet
In 2018, a pet obesity survey showed that over half of both cats and dogs are overweight or obese, with the issue being slightly more serious with cats. This extra weight can significantly reduce your pet’s quality of life and overall lifespan. Helping your pet stay at a healthy weight depending on its breed will help prevent issues involving joints, muscles, and internal organs. Maintaining a healthy weight will also improve your pet’s energy levels.
Many pets become overweight when their food is not properly regulated or they are allowed too many treats in addition to their regular food. Table scraps and other bits of human food can also contribute to pet obesity. If your pet has begun to carry a bit of extra weight, our veterinarian can help you take the right steps to get them back on track toward a healthier life.
Nutrition Matters Too
It is also important that your pet is eating the right food for their particular stage in life. The right food helps give your pet the fuel they need to be active, energetic, and alert throughout the day. Just like humans, cats and dogs need the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to be at the proper balance in their system. These needs vary depending on your pet's age and activity level.
For example, puppies and kittens need more fat in their diet than older cats and dogs because they are still actively growing and developing. If diseases do develop in older pets, prescription diets or special diets to encourage weight loss may be recommended. Our veterinarian will provide create a nutrition plan based on your pet’s individual needs.
Vet Hospital in Reynoldsburg
If you believe your pet would benefit from weight management, the veterinary professionals at Hillview Veterinary Clinic are ready to assist you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (614) 866-2290.