Nutrition & Weight Management

Is the food you’re feeding your pet really meeting his or her nutritional needs? What about weight? Are you confident that your furbaby is tipping the scales right where he or she should be?

Good nutrition and a healthy weight are an important part of your pet’s wellbeing and longevity. The right diet and exercise plan can help keep your loved one fit, ward off potential health problems and even make chronic medical conditions easier to manage. Yet, knowing this and actually doing something about it are two entirely different things.

The problem is, with so many different food options to choose from, and so little available information surrounding the topic of companion animal weight control, handling these components of your pet’s health care can be challenging.

What you need is the help of an expert. Someone who understands pet nutrition and can develop a customized diet and fitness plan that will bring out the very best in your four-legged friend. The professional nutritional counseling and weight management services at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital can provide just the solution.

The process begins with a comprehensive analysis of your pet’s current health and nutritional needs. The vet will examine your pet and also take into consideration such important factors as breed, age, present weight and the existence of any medical conditions. This helps us determine what type of food would best suit your particular pet. We may recommend switching to a prescription diet, as these foods tend to have more nutritious value than most of the over the counter options. We have several prescription diet products to choose from, should that be the route we decide would be best.

Next, we’ll move on to the topic of weight management. This is important because companion animals that weigh even just a few pounds more than they should can be at a higher risk of developing a number of serious medical conditions. Likewise, pets that don’t weigh enough are more susceptible to illness or injury. By determining what weight range would be ideal for your pet, we can then help to develop a strategy of exercise and calorie management that will help your companion achieve and maintain that target weight.

Lastly, we will need to measure our progress from time to time to be sure that the plan we’ve got in place for your pet is still getting the results it was originally designed to achieve. Just as with humans, as pets age, their bodies change and so do their health care needs – including those associated with diet and exercise. We will re-evaluate our approach and make any necessary adjustments along the way to make sure your pet continues to remain in optimum health throughout his or her lifetime.

Confused by the back of the pet food package? Not sure if your pet’s weight is really where it should be? Don’t play a guessing game when it comes to your loved one’s health. Give us a call today and schedule a professional nutrition and weight management analysis. You’ll both be glad you did!