We work with you to create the optimal diet plan for your pet.
Proper nutrition and weight management are vital for your pet’s health. Good nutrition enhances your pet’s quality of life, helps your pet live longer, and aids your pet in avoiding disease and recovering from injury. Regular nutritional assessment and counseling are an essential part of your pet’s preventive care. The importance of proper pet nutrition can’t be overstated.
If you’re like many people, you might enjoy sharing your food or table scraps with your pet. You might feel compelled to feed your pets whenever they “beg” or seem hungry. Feeding our pets in this way is a natural expression of our love and generosity. Sadly, “free feeding” and food sharing are among the worst things we can do for our pets. The nutritional needs of our pets are very different from ours, and we can adversely affect their quality and length of life.
Overweight pets are more likely to develop a host of debilitating diseases, such as arthritis, certain cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and skin problems. Especially since your pet ages, extra weight and obesity can lead to life-threatening health concerns. To maintain your pet’s weight, feed your dog or cat about 120-170 calories per pound of body weight. To help your pet lose weight, you will need to decrease this amount. If you want to increase your pet’s weight, feed them more than this amount.
At Clifton Ave Animal Hospital, we work with you to create the optimal diet plan for your pet. A good time to discuss your pet’s nutrition and diet is during the annual preventive care exam. Your pet’s nutritional needs change at different life stages, especially as your pet ages. We can answer any questions you may have about your pet’s nutrition and discuss the exact amount of food to add or subtract from your pet’s diet based on breed, activity level, current weight, and age to help avoid health problems later in life.
Clifton Ave Animal Hospital is your partner in pet care. We are dedicated to working with you in all aspects of your pet’s health and well-being.