Nutrition & Weight Management

Is your pet’s diet really meeting his or her nutritional needs? What about weight? Are you confident that your companion couldn’t stand to lose (or gain) a few extra pounds?

The food your pet eats and how much he or she weighs can have a direct impact on his or her overall wellness. The right diet can even help to manage certain chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes. Figuring out the right combination of diet and exercise, however, isn’t always easy. The team at Richmond Veterinary Clinic can provide the guidance you need to get your pet on the path to a fit and healthy life.

We’ll start by figuring out what your pet’s nutritional needs happen to be. This is determined through a physical exam and by considering a number of unique factors, such as age, breed and health status. Once we have this information, we can focus on determining what food product would bring out the best in your little buddy. This may be general dietary support, or it may involve a more individualized approach based on your pet’s current condition.

For instance, we can develop a diet that specifically addresses certain needs that your pet may have, such as:

  • Digestive health
  • Immune system support
  • Skin and coat health
  • Bone and muscle strength
  • Weight control

Once we’ve developed an appropriate diet, we’ll focus on weight. For companion animals, a few pounds too many or too few can greatly impact their overall wellbeing. Overweight pets are more likely to develop certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. Conversely, pets that don’t weigh enough could be more susceptible to injury or illness. We’ll identify what weight would be ideal for your pet and come up with a plan for achieving that goal.

Finally, as your pet ages, we will take into consideration the changes to his or her body and adjust our approach accordingly. For instance, as your companion grows from babyhood into an adult, we’ll modify his or her diet and activity level to match those changing needs. This will allow us to continue to keep your loved one healthy and fit throughout his or her entire life.

Could you use some guidance to make sure your pet’s nutrition and weight control needs are being met? Give us a call today and let us help!

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