Feeding your pet a nutritionally dense diet is imperative for maintaining their optimal health and well-being. Pet stores offer a dizzying array of food for pets, and making an informed choice can sometimes be difficult. Many pet owners take for granted that all of these selections provide a nutritionally dense and balanced diet for their furry friend. Our veterinary staff offers nutritional counseling to help you sort out the information on a nutrition label, learning what ingredients are healthy or unhealthy for your pet. This is the first step in giving your furry friend the components they need for a healthy, long life.
It is important to consider the following when formulating a nutritionally dense diet for your pet:
Your pet’s nutritional needs change with age
Your pet’s nutritional needs change with their activity level
A customized diet for your pet plays a key role in the management and prevention of kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and other health issues
Additionally, there are cases where pets may be suffering from food allergies. Pet owners may be unknowingly contributing to their pet’s food sensitivities by feeding them the wrong foods. Knowing the symptoms of allergies and food sensitivities, such as chronic scratching, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal discomfort, is important when formulating a diet for your pet. Scheduling an appointment for nutritional counseling with your vet can help you choose the healthiest foods for your pet.
Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to shed a few pounds, the veterinarians at Block House Creek Animal Hospital are a unique source of information in regards to maintaining your pet’s health. We offer counseling in food selection and practical feeding habits for pets during various life stages, such as growth, pregnancy, nursing and the “golden years.” If your pet has a medical condition, such as heart disease, bladder stones, diabetes or kidney failure, we can help you formulate a complementary diet. We can also help identify any food sensitivities your pet may have.
Giving your pet a balanced and healthy diet is the first step you can take, before medications and medical treatments, in order to keep them in optimal health. Contact us at Block House Creek Animal Hospital to learn more about nutritional counseling for pets in Cedar Park, Texas.