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Pet Diet and Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition for Your Pet

Maintaining a healthy diet is pivotal for the overall health and wellness of your pet.  If your pet is overweight, dangerous medical complications and health concerns in your pet can start to spiral out of control.  A healthy weight helps protect the hard and soft tissues in the body and protect internal organs from systemic disease. Our team at Crow Hill Veterinary Hospital in Bailey cares about keeping your pet healthy.  Here is why it is essential to stay on top of your pet's diet and nutrition.   


Why Is Pet Nutrition Important?

Just like people, pets rely on food to help fuel them with enough energy to make it through the day. Having enough nutrition in a balanced diet ensures that your pet receives the right amount of vitamins and minerals he or she needs to stay healthy.  It is important to remember that as your pet ages, his or her nutritional needs will change. A young puppy will have very different nutritional needs than a senior pet.  Be sure to regularly talk to our veterinary professional about changing appetites and energy levels as a way of ensuring that you are giving your pet the right nutrition.  

Why Is Optimal Weight Important?

Your pet maintaining an optimal weight is essential to his or her overall health.  Not only can obesity put extra stress on bones and joints, causing painful conditions to form, but obesity can also lead to systemic diseases such as kidney and liver disease or diabetes. Feeding requirements will change as your pet ages. Older dogs tend to have less energy, which means they require fewer calories to keep them energized all day long.  Monitor and adjust your pet's calorie intake to match his or her needs.

How Can a Veterinarian Help with Pet Diet? 

Our team can help monitor and control your pet's diet and nutritional needs.  With a thorough evaluation, Dr. Sheila RiceWatkins will be able to make suggestions about the right type and amount of food your pet needs. If your pet has trouble gaining or losing weight despite an appropriate diet, there may be an underlying problem causing the issue. We can perform a panel of tests to diagnose and treat any underlying conditions impacting your pet's weight and nutritional intake. Taking your pet to an experienced and professional hospital is essential to guarantee the best laboratory results and treatment options.  

Contact Us for Nutritional Care from a Veterinarian in Bailey

The team at Crow Hill Veterinary Hospital is passionate about keeping your pets safe and healthy.  We strongly believe that a healthy pet needs the right nutrition for him or her. Based out of Bailey, our clinic can offer a range of services to help keep your pet at a healthy weight. If you have a pet that is struggling to maintain the right weight, reach out to our professionals today.  Call us at (303) 838-4677 to set up an appointment with a member of our team.