There are many aspects of great pet care for a healthy dog or cat, but pet nutrition is probably the most important one. Choosing the right food might be the most basic way to ensure your pet has a healthy long life, but it's the foundation on which everything else is built. At Breton Veterinary Hospital our Leonardtown veterinarian can offer nutritional counseling to help you decide which type of food is best for your pet. There are many factors to consider when choosing a pet food, but your pet's health is worth the time it takes.
Problems with the Wrong Pet Food
All pet food is the same, right? When it comes to the health of your furry family member, nothing could be further from the truth. You wouldn't feed a diabetic person a diet of candy and cake. The same concept holds for animals. Each one's nutritional needs are different, and we should choose the right one to make sure they live long and healthy lives. Failure to do so can cause a long list of health issues, including:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney and heart disease
- A shorter life
Food allergies aren't overly common, but if your pet suffers from one she'll be miserable if she continues to eat the wrong food. True food allergies can create a host of symptoms including ear infections, itchy skin, diarrhea, and vomiting. The most common food allergies for pets are beef, egg, chicken, dairy, wheat, lamb, soy, and pork. Since many common commercial pet foods contain one or more of these ingredients, it can be a process of trial-and-error to track down the contributing ingredient. We may suggest a different type of pet food for a while or even go so far as to have you prepare food by hand until we determine the ingredient your pet is reacting to.
Veterinarian Discusses Obesity
There is an obesity problem in this country, and it applies to the pets as well as their owners. Being overweight can cause a long list of health issues for pets, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and a shortened lifespan. We'll weigh and measure your pet during his annual wellness exam, and if we find he's carrying too much weight for his size, our veterinarian will give you nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice designed to bring him back to a healthy weight.
Contact Our Leonardtown Veterinary Office
Feeding your pet the right food is crucial for maintaining her happy and healthy life. We're happy to offer nutritional counseling for all of our pet patients at Breton Veterinary Hospital. Give us a call at (301) 475-7808, and we'll schedule an appointment right away.