Nutrition Counselling Services for Pets
These days, there is an abundance of food options available that we can give our furry friends for their good behaviour (or simply for being their adorable selves). As pet parents, we understand how easy it is to spoil our loyal companions. This, in combination with lack of adequate exercise, has lead to a rise in overweight and obese pets. Now, it is estimated that over 50% of household pets are overweight. When you have an overweight pet, it can seem impossible to know where to begin. Getting back in good shape is more than just lessening their food intake. That’s where our team can help. Contact us at 250-376-7208 to learn more about our nutritional counselling services.
How can nutritional counselling help my pet?
We have a dedicated veterinary technologist who focuses particularly on pet nutrition. During a one-on-one consultation, she will help you determine the calories and fibre your pet needs, as well as help you in setting up an exercise regime. She can take you through best practices for feeding your pet, and help you make healthy lifestyle choices to ensure your pet has all the tools necessary to reach and maintain a healthy weight. We carefully monitor the progress of your pet over time with regular weigh-ins and follow up appointments. We can create your dog or cat’s own personalized weight loss program.
How does being overweight affect my pet?
Being overweight for an extended length of time can make your furry friend vulnerable to getting diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, hypertension, cancer, bladder stones and osteoarthritis. They also often have skin irritation and joint issues. As well, if your overweight pet needs to go under anesthetic there is an increased risk of adverse reactions.
How do I know if my pet is overweight?
Due to the wide range of breed and species, it can be difficult to provide a healthy weight range for our furry family members. Some breeds are naturally thin while others are naturally heavier. During a consultation here at the hospital, your veterinarian can take your pet’s weight, measurements and let you know precisely where they lie on the weight spectrum. Be that as it may, if you notice that you can no longer feel your pet’s bottom ribs underneath their fat or fur, or if they get tired faster after activities, they used to have no problem with, it may be time to book an appointment with our team.