Nutrition & Weight Management
Nutrition is the source of your pet’s life energy. When they have proper nutrition and exercise, they can grow strong, stay healthy, and feel great. Pets with conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, cancer, and more can benefit by eating a specially formulated diet. Our veterinarians can help you choose a pet food that is just right for your best buddy, whether or not they have an outstanding condition. For example, adolescent and senior animals have separate nutritional needs compared to middle-aged pets.
In addition to general nutrition, weight management is an important concern for responsible pet owners. Approximately 35% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Pets who are overweight have diminished life expectancies, and also experience a lesser quality of life. It is harder for them to play and engage in fun activities than their healthy-weight counterparts.
At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we will offer practical advice for managing your pet’s weight during their annual wellness exams. Here are some examples of habits to implement if you are concerned about your pet’s weight:
- Feed them a clinically proven metabolic pet food. Our veterinary team can help you select the perfect food for your pet’s unique needs, based on factors such as age, size, breed, and current health status.
- Track their progress. As your pet begins their weight loss journey, take pictures and have regular weigh-ins to keep track of their success. This will inform you about how effectively your plan is working, and also give you a reason to feel proud of their progress.
- Adhere to the recommended feeding guide. Measure your pet’s food to ensure you are not accidentally overfeeding them.
- Do not indulge them in treats or table scraps. Your pet might like it now, but it will not be good for them in the long run. Also, not all human foods are safe to share with pets. Prevent an upset stomach or food toxicity by keeping human food on your plate.
- Exercise! They have to move it to lose it. If you have a dog, take them on some long walks or play fetch. If your cat is working on their waistline, use interactive toys to play with them.