Pet Nutritional Counseling for Better Health
At Presidio Way Veterinary Hospital, we know that maintaining your pet’s weight at its optimum level is an important way to keep him or her happy and healthy. An overweight pet is more prone to problems such as diabetes, joint disease, and arthritis. And because weight gain or loss can be a symptom of serious illness, it is important to manage your pet’s diet and exercise throughout his or her life.
Average-sized cats weigh between 8 and 10 pounds, and the ideal weight for a dog varies according to breed and size. A small dog may weigh about the same as a cat, but large-breed dogs can weigh 60 pounds or more. Presidio Way Veterinary Hospital can tell you what your pet’s ideal weight should be, based on size and breed.
If your pet is very thin and underweight, it may be a sign that he or she is suffering from intestinal disease or other health problems such as thyroid or kidney disease. Being overweight can result in diabetes, back problems, and arthritis. All of these conditions can lead to a shortened life for your beloved pet. If your pet’s weight changes suddenly, it can be a sign of a serious illness.
The Fit for Life plan can help your pet avoid health problems by establishing good nutritional habits. It gives guidelines on how many kilo-calories and cups of food to feed to maintain proper weight. We take into account your pet’s breed, lifestyle, maturity, and exercise levels.
Regular check-ups with the veterinarian, as well as sticking with the plan, will keep your pet happier and healthier for a long time.