Positive Pet Nutrition for the Health & Long Life of Your Animal Companion
Nutritional concerns impact every pet at every age. The professionals of Maywood Veterinary Clinic explore your pet’s nutritional needs at each wellness visit, determining the proper dietary plan for today and for a healthy future.
Young pets require a combination of protein and nutrients for adequate growth and the proper development of muscles, bones, skin, and more. Adult pet needs include disease prevention and various health demands, depending upon factors such as size, activity level, lifestyle, and overall health. Senior pet concerns revolve around support of the immune system for maintaining health and quality of life, as well as longevity.
Pets & Weight Control
In the wild, animals avoid the concerns of obesity due to extreme conditions and the necessity for hunting. Domestic animals do not need to hunt for food. In addition, many pets are kept indoors much of the time, limiting exercise and mental stimulation.
Pets overeat for many reasons such as the owner provides food as reward for positive behaviors, the pet is bored or anxious, or the owner is uncertain as to proper diet and portion size. Dietary needs may change as a pet ages and activity levels decrease. An animal companion that has a chronic disease such as arthritis may not enjoy the same exercise plan as before.
Whatever the reason, an overweight or obese pet is prone to disease and lacks the vigor to live a happy life. The discomfort such an unhealthy pet feels may even cause behavioral issues that impact your relationship and the family dynamic. Obesity limits animal longevity as well, taking your animal companions from you before their time.
With so many issues to consider, our team is here to support and guide you. Regular wellness exams and diagnostic tests help to monitor the nutritional soundness of your pet.
Nutritional Guidance for Pet Owners
Remember, while some pets require special food, all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy, and active.
Contact the clinic immediately if your pet experiences dramatic weight loss or gain, has continuous diarrhea or vomiting, or is refusing food or water.