The food your pet eats plays a vital role in its health, happiness, and overall well-being. Pet nutritional counseling at Petwell Veterinary Healthcare in Atlanta, GA can help you give your pet its best possible life. Here’s what you need to know about food therapy and pet nutrition with our veterinarian staff.
Nutrition Is a Fundamental Aspect of Pet Health
Every aspect of your pet’s life comes down to whether your pet has access to proper nutrients or not. From your pet's skin to its joints, and even its ability to avoid certain diseases, nutrition plays a vital role in pet health.
Many people believe that pet nutritional counseling is only for pets that struggle with obesity. While obesity is a huge problem for pets, it is not the only reason nutrition is important. Proper nutrition can help your pet avoid many severe diseases, including:
- Pet diabetes
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)
Unfortunately, the result of many of these diseases is a reduction in life expectancy and quality of life for your pet.
Signs Your Pet May be Experiencing Nutritional Deficits
Since pets can’t really tell you what’s going on in their world, it is important for pet owners to watch for signs that their pets may be experiencing nutritional deficits or other potential problems. Common indicators that your pet isn’t getting adequate nourishment include things like:
- Biting and chewing its paws
- Dry skin
- Chronic ear infections
- Hot spots
- Food allergies
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Stiff and achy joints
These may be symptoms of other conditions. However, it is best to work with your veterinarian to determine if your pet has an illness requiring attention or if nutritional counseling for your pet may be in order.
The bottom line is that your pet’s quality of life diminishes as long as these symptoms and signs persist. Seeking treatment regularly can help you detect medical conditions promptly and allows you the opportunity to discuss your pet’s nutrition with our vet in the process.
What Does Nutritional Counseling for Pets Involve?
Initially, it may be a simple discussion of your pet’s diet, activities, and relationship with the food it eats. Not only is ensuring your pet has access to quality, nutritious food important, but it is also important to keep your pet’s diet consistent. This will help you avoid finicky eaters and many common gastrointestinal problems that are no fun for you or your pet.
At Petwell Veterinary Healthcare in Atlanta, GA, we work with pet owners to identify potential dietary deficiencies, improve consistency, and manage weight in hopes of ensuring a happy, healthy life for your pet. Give us a call today to schedule a visit for your pet.