Nutrition is a vital part of your pet’s daily life and wellbeing, but when it comes to diet, it can vary based on certain factors. For instance, young pets will need key nutrients in their food to help their bodies develop and grow normally. As they grow older, their diets may change to accommodate their individual needs. It’s highly recommended that pet owners consult with a licensed veterinarian about their pet’s nutritional care so their pets can live long and happy lives.
With nutritional consultation, your pet’s dietary needs become the primary focus with every routine visit you make to your vet. Since every animal is unique, they may require special attention that other pets may not need, and can benefit from diet and feeding guidelines.
All pets require a healthy, well-balanced diet. Some pets may need a specific dietary regimen to help them live a normal lifestyle. These pets usually have severe medical issues such as:
Other pets that benefit from nutritional consultation include young pets, like kittens and puppies, and senior pets. Some health conditions will also require additional therapies to combat its severity. In the case of obesity, a licensed veterinarian may add physical activity to a pet’s daily schedule to lower their weight.
Many common diseases in pets are entirely preventable through proper nutrition. Certain therapeutic diets are also effectively in treatments of various diseases. During a nutritional consultation, a licensed veterinarian may review nutritional topics to help determine your pet’s needs including feeding practices, food recommendations, caloric intake, and reading food labels. Every nutritional plan may also be tailored to your pet’s current stage of life, genetic and medical history, age, and species to maintain their optimal health level.