A nutritional diet is essential to your dog’s health. Every dog has unique dietary needs: your pet’s age, physical health and breed all factor into the kind of food that is best suited for it. What’s more, any dog owner can feel overwhelmed when walking into a pet store and exploring the countless products on the shelves. Blue Lake Animal Hospital offers the guidance you need. We are trained in veterinary nutrition and can help you choose the right food for your furry friend. Here’s why nutritional counseling is important to caring for your dog.
Nutritional counseling is important because it allows a veterinary professional to devise a plan to minimize the risk of chronic illnesses. Dogs are susceptible to various complications, including cancer, kidney disease, allergies and weight gain. A veterinarian can maintain a detailed record of a pet’s ailments and help a pet owner decide on an effective diet. Nutritional counseling makes it possible for a dog to live a happy, healthy life.
A veterinarian can make a nutritional assessment to determine if your dog is consuming enough nutrients and calories. Keep track of the ingredients in the dog food you purchase. Be sure also to let the vet know if the food is canned, dry, moist, grain-free or contains additives. Some dog owners decide to prepare their own dog food rather than buy commercial dog food, but even these seemingly healthier alternatives can lack nutrients. Include treats and table scraps as well. This information can help our vet determine if your dog’s diet is suitable or needs adjustments.
Just like people, dogs can develop chronic health issues. Dietary guidance makes managing these issues possible. For instance, a dog may be given a special diet if it has kidney issues, such as bladder stones. A veterinarian may recommend that your dog eats less protein and sodium if it has kidney disease. Regardless of your dog’s specific needs, nutritional counseling is key to safeguarding your dog’s health. The right food makes a significant difference in the disease’s prognosis.
Dogs come in many different sizes and breeds. A large, older dog will have different dietary needs than a puppy. They will also consume different amounts of food. Overeating is a common issue, and it usually results from oversized portions and poor regulation on the owner’s part. Rather than setting out a heaping bowl of food, measure your dog’s portions based on what our veterinarians recommend. Portion control supports weight management and prevents malnourishment.
If you’re a dog owner, you’ve likely wondered if your dog is eating properly. Our veterinarians at Blue Lake Animal Hospital offer detailed advice so you can make the right choices for your pet. Nutritional counseling is paramount to ensuring your dog receives the nutrients it needs. Call our office to discuss your pet’s dietary needs at an appointment.
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