It is not unusual for pet owners to assume that pet foods are created at least somewhat equally, and therefore that buying a formula and brand their pet likes should result in their pet’s good nutrition and health. Unfortunately, not all pet foods are created equally, just as not all human foods are created equally. Some pet foods can be likened to feeding your pet nutritionally-empty fast food every day, whereas other pet foods can be likened to feeding your pet fresh, organic, nutritionally-rich food every day. However, even where pet owners take the time to research and select high-quality pet foods there is a chance that they may feed their pet a food or a quantity of food that doesn’t work well for that pet’s specific needs. Adjusting the type and amount of food a pet consumes can help to guard against weight problems which, in turn, can help to prevent health problems like osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, respiratory disease, some forms of cancer, cruciate ligament injury and more. This is where Dr. Wood’s nutritional counseling can help.
Since a proper diet can add up to two years to your pet’s life, the team at Five Valleys Vet Clinic believes that pet nutritional counseling is an important part of our comprehensive veterinary services. Dr. Wood will consider your pet’s species, breed, age, skin condition, coat condition, health condition and activity level when determining the type and amount of food that will work best to meet their individual needs.