What are you feeding your pet? Are you certain it is meeting his or her nutritional needs, or did you just venture a guess and hope for the best? What about weight? Are you confident that your furry friend isn’t carrying too many (or too few) extra pounds?
The topics of nutrition and weight control are critically important to your pet’s overall health and longevity. The problem is, with so many food products available for purchase today, determining which one is best for your companion can be a challenge. Likewise, understanding what weight range is healthiest for your particular pet can be quite the task.
The good news is you don’t have to figure things out on your own. The team at Ingersoll Animal Hospital is experienced in all aspects of companion animal nutrition. We’ll work with you and your pet to develop an individualized diet and exercise plan that will help them achieve optimum health for life.
What your pet eats can help to improve the quality and length of his or her life. It can even help to manage certain existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, making life more comfortable and enjoyable for your pet. Our process begins with determining what your loved one’s unique nutritional needs are, which we do through a comprehensive physical exam and by considering such important factors as age, breed, weight and current health. Once we’ve conducted our analysis, we’ll be able to provide specific recommendations for what food, as well as how much and how often, you should be feeding your pet.
Next, we’ll tackle the important topic of your pet’s weight. Companion animals that weigh even just a few pounds too much can be at a higher risk of developing a number of serious medical conditions. Conversely, pets that don’t weigh enough can be more susceptible to developing illness or becoming injured. We’ll use the information we gathered during your pet’s nutritional analysis to help determine what weight range would be ideal for your particular pet. Then, we’ll work with you to develop a customized plan to help achieve and maintain that healthy weight over time.
As pets age, their health care needs change, including those associated with nutrition and weight control. Because of this, it’s important that we reevaluate our approach from time to time and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that we continue achieving the same good results. This may include changing your pet’s diet and modifying his or her physical activity to best meet those changing health care needs.
Keeping your loved on fit and healthy is essential to a long, happy life. It starts with a solid foundation of good nutrition and a healthy weight. Let’s work together to get your companion on the path to a lifetime of good health!