Importance of Nutritional Counseling
Nutrition is essential for both growth and development, and remaining health as an adult. The same is true for our pets. However, since our pets can’t feed themselves, it is up to us to make sure that they are receiving a healthy, balanced diet that contains the nutrition that they need to keep them active, healthy and happy. One of the best ways to ensure that our animals are eating right is to undergo nutritional counseling with an experienced veterinarian.
What is Pet Nutritional Counseling?
Pet nutritional counseling involves assessing your pet’s current health and wellbeing and determining what diet is best for them based on the information that your vet has. Recommendations can then be made, and you will be given advice on how to implement the new diet. After a few weeks or months, you can then return to see your vet so that they can establish how successful the diet has been to benefit your pet’s health.
Why is Nutritional Counseling Important?
Our pet’s nutritional requirements change considerably during their lifetime, and it is critical that the diet that we offer reflects their stage of life.
When your pet is young, they will need a fairly high-calorie diet to help them gain weight, while the perfect blend of nutrients will ensure that they grow and develop properly, into strong and healthy adults.
When your pet is an adult, they will need to follow a calorie-controlled diet that will help them to maintain a healthy weight. This is important since obesity in animals, like in humans, has been found to be a significant factor in the development of health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. By ensuring that your pet maintains a healthy weight, you can considerably reduce their risk of developing health problems like these. However, if it important to be aware that if you have a female and she becomes pregnant, you will need to adjust her diet accordingly so that she can successfully carry and nurse her babies.
When your pet reaches their senior years, they will naturally start to slow down as it becomes more difficult to sustain the same level of activity. This means that they won’t need as many calories and eating too many could cause them to gain weight. They are also more likely to develop health problems, and this means that they may need dietary changes or supplements to support their wellbeing. Many older pets develop arthritis and are prescribed glucosamine supplements to help alleviate the pain and stiffness they experience as part of their condition.
How Can a Veterinarian Know what Nutrition my Pet Needs?
Our experienced and knowledgeable team have had the training and education needed to understand what diet best suits each pet. Firstly, they identify your pet’s nutritional needs by performing a comprehensive evaluation of their size, activity level, and current health. This information is then used to determine precisely what balance of nutrients are needed for them to be of optimal health. Following this, we can make a recommendation about the type/brand of food that is best for your animal, what portion sizes are needed and how often/when they should be fed.
Once your pet is settled into their new diet, we will recommend reviews at annual or bi-annual intervals to make sure that their current nutritional balance continues to meet their needs.
If you would like to discover more about pet nutritional counseling, please get in touch with Flamingo Pet Clinic in Las Vegas, NV where our expert team will be happy to help.