Nutritional Counseling at Rosemarie Pet Hospital in Stockton
The old saying "You are what you eat" holds just as true for our pets as it does for us. Animal require the proper mix of nutrients, in the proper amounts, in order to remain well and sustain their normal physiological functions. Nutritional insufficiencies can make your pet prone to disease -- and on the other end of the scale, too much of a good thing can easily lead to the dangerous health threat known as obesity. Fortunately, your Stockton veterinarian at Rosemarie Pet Hospital can provide a wealth of nutritional counseling and dietary recommendations to help you keep your pet as healthy as possible.
It's only logical that different animals would have different nutritional needs, but you'd be surprised how many pet owners feed their dogs cat food and vice versa. In fact, dogs can get their necessary nutrients from a much wider range of food sources than cats, who rely on meat for their nutritional needs. Cats also need to consume an amino acid called taurine from food sources, while dogs can produce this nutrient in their own bodies. Both cats and dogs should steer clear of human food. Not only do table scraps lack the necessary nutrient balances, but they also contain high levels of salt, sugar, fats and other unhealthy elements. Some common human foods such as garlic, onions, citrus fruits, grapes, raisins and nuts can even cause sickness or toxic reactions in animals. We can advise you on which foods are both safe and healthy for your pet.
How much should you feed your pet?
Pets may also need different quantities of food at different stages of life. Puppies and kittens, for example, burn lots of calories through rapid growth and boundless energy expenditure, while adult animals can do just fine with one or two reasonably-sized portions per day. Senior pets may need even less food than adults if they have developed lower metabolisms and more sedentary lifestyles. They may also have special nutritional and dietary needs to help them cope with age-related illnesses such as arthritis, hypertension and diabetes. Your Stockton veterinarian can help you serve up the right nutrients in the right quantities throughout your pet's life.
One of the most critical steps in feeding your pet properly is the prevention or reversal of obesity. Fully half of all pets can be considered overweight, making obesity an epidemic for animals and humans alike. This health problem can cause or aggravate a number of other health conditions, even raising the risk of cancer. We will weigh your pet in the course of a routine wellness exam and make dietary and activity recommendations as needed to help him stay slim.
Schedule Nutritional Counseling from Our Stockton Veterinarian
Good health depends on good nutrition, so give your beloved companion the fuel he needs to enjoy the healthiest, happiest life possible. Call 209-957-8387 to schedule nutritional counseling from your Stockton veterinarian at Rosemarie Pet Hospital!