Here at 48th Avenue Animal Hospital, we know the vital importance of pet dietary management, and we can help your pets receive the proper nutrition and foods they need for pet dietary management the longest, healthiest life. A number of chronic pet health problems stem from an improper diet. Our Hospital is staff can help prevent and treat those chronic issues as well as make recommendations on how to improve your pet’s diet and quality of life.
Obesity Common Cause of Pet Health Problems
Obesity is a common issue with pets who are eating too much and exercising too infrequently. In certain cases, obesity may stem from genetic or hormonal factors or be the result of specific diseases which our animal hospital can diagnose and treat. Excess weight can lead to a variety of pet health problems, many of which can be prevented and alleviated with a proper diet. Obesity puts extra pressure on your pet’s joints, which can lead to pain, limited mobility, and an increased risk of arthritis. Excess weight also forces the pet’s heart to work harder, which can increase the chances of heart disease. Breathing problems are another potential side effect of excess weight, as are issues with the skin and fur. Our vet can advise on the healthy target weight for your pet and a pet dietary management program that can help your pet achieve it.
Puppies and kittens have specific nutritional needs that benefit from pet dietary management. High-quality foods designed for the needs of puppies and kittens are a must at this crucial stage of growth. Our veterinarian can advise on the type and quantity of foods your puppy or kitten requires, along with any additional nutritional needs that should be met based on the breed and size of your pet. Puppies and kittens often need a more frequent feeding schedule than adult dogs and cats, with portion sizes always a factor.
Proper feeding schedules and portion sizes are always important for pets of all ages, and they can vary for pets based on the pet’s type and breed. Specific breeds of larger dogs, for instance, can have a tendency to develop gastric dilatation, also known as bloat or gastric torsion, when they eat large meals in a single sitting. Gastric dilatation can be a serious condition where the stomach twists and requires immediate care from our animal hospital. Surgery is often required to help correct the condition.
The goal of our veterinarians, is to help ensure your pets attain and remain in optimum health. Always feel free to ask our vet about your pet’s specific nutritional and dietary needs that can help your pet be as healthy as possible.
We offer nutritional counseling for every stage of your pets’ life, based on their level of activity, health conditions, weight, and age.
Illness doesn’t always have a physical cause. We determine the cause of disorders such as separation anxiety and obsessive behavior, and then develop a treatment regimen for the client.