Food is an important aspect of pet health. It can both promote healing or promote disease depending on what it is comprised of and the amounts being fed. Pets who have chronic conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and diabetes can see tremendous improvements in their condition if they are on a proper nutrition plan.
Our veterinarians in McKinney are able to give knowledgeable and practical advice regarding your pet’s nutritional needs. We also can provide prescription pet food for certain conditions such as obesity or joint pain.
If you have any questions about your pet’s nutritional needs, the best food for your pet, the amount that your pet should be eating, or any other aspect of veterinary nutrition, please feel encouraged to ask your veterinarian.
More than one out of three dogs over the age of one in America is overweight or obese. For cats, the ratio is one out of four. Overweight pets are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions and tend to have shorter lifespans. Their day-to-day lives are also affected because they may regularly feel uncomfortable and lethargic.
At Highlands-Eldorado Veterinary Hospital, we can help you gain control of the situation and help redirect your overweight pet back toward a healthier lifestyle.
Similar to humans, the reason for pet weight gain is a simple relationship between calories burned and calories consumed. If your pet is consuming more calories than they burn, they will gain weight. If they are burning more calories than they consume, the result will be weight loss.
One step our veterinarians will take to begin the process of weight loss is to help you understand appropriate portion sizes for your pet based on their age, size, and activity level. In the past, the overweight pet was over consuming, so to reverse their condition, they will have to end that habit.
In addition to food and portion control, we recommend an increase in exercise. Take your dog on a long walk, or play laser-pointer tag with your cat for a few minutes. Not only will they have fun, but it will be good for their health too!