Helping Your Pet Achieve the Right Nutritional Balance
Maintaining a healthy body weight is a very important aspect of a pet’s overall physical health. Good nutrition can help provide your pet with a happier, safer and longer life. There are many nutritional supplements that can help fight against disease, maintain a proper weight and promote the overall well-being of any companion animal. The veterinary professionals at Companion Pet Hospital in Philadelphia, PA offer nutritional counseling to pet owners during regular wellness exams and anytime the need arises. Assisting in the development of an appropriate feeding plan may include special diets, appropriate treats and an exercise plan for your animal companion.
Why is maintaining a healthy weight important?
Being overweight is a serious problem for animals and can cause health problems as they get older, including heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with the veterinarians at Companion Pet Hospital about a specific diet for your pet and their lifestyle. Our team will help your pet battle unhealthy weight gain and counsel you on the best nutritional options available.
When is a diet change needed?
Pets should be fed a balanced wellness diet based on several factors, including their life stage, their breed or size, activity level and any health issues they have. Diet changes are recommended whenever a pet enters a new life stage. For example, transitioning is recommended from puppy or kitten to adult, or from adult to senior, which is usually around age seven. Our veterinarians may also recommend diet changes if your pet develops any health problems that can be treated with a prescription diet, such as obesity or a food allergy.
How diet & nutrition can help your pet
If you live in Philadelphia or a surrounding area, the veterinary team at Companion Pet Hospital can help you make the right dietary changes for your pet so that they can stay on track living their happy and healthy lives. A healthy diet and good nutrition can reduce or even eliminate the following problems:
Itching and scratching
Arthritis and other joint problems
Skin and coat supplements are a great way to keep your pet looking and feeling their best. Arthritis and joint supplements can be helpful for many pets as they age. Achieving the right nutritional balance will allow your pet to better manage any existing medical conditions and significantly improve their quality of life.