Owning a pet is a huge responsibility at times, as they are usually fully dependent upon us for food, water, shelter, affection, and a number of other basic needs. When pets aren’t well-taken-care-of, it can lead to costly veterinarian bills and frequent visits for health check-ups. Of course we all have good intentions when it comes to caring for our animals, and we aren’t all experts on animal care to begin with. It’s important to consult with an experienced veterinarian about the basic care of our pets so that we can ensure our pets live a long, happy life.
One of the most important aspects of pet care is diet and feeding guidelines. Not all pets are the same, even among the same breed of animal. In other words, your pet is unique, and requires specialized care and attention that might not fit other animals needs. Nutritional counseling for pet feeding is critical for pet owners for several reasons, and can be beneficial for countless others. Here are some of the reasons why you may consider nutritional counseling as part of your routine veterinarian visit.
Deciding how much food to give your pet at any given time is difficult to assess, as reading the back of the food bag doesn’t always give you answers to some of the specific questions we might have. Overfeeding pets is one of the most common mistakes that pet owners make, and it’s usually because they feel their pet isn’t getting enough of the right kind of food. It’s important to have a pet expert give guidance on what the right amount of food is for your specific pet to avoid this common error.
Knowing how much to feed your pet is just as confusing as what type of food your pet should have. For instance, puppies require different things nutritionally than mature dogs, and these nutrients are important for their development in a number of ways. It’s helpful to know what stage of development your pet is in, as well as what your pet might need more of in their daily nutrition.
One of the biggest reasons why it’s important to consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s nutrition is that it helps your vet keep track of how your pet’s health is developing. For example, a veterinarian might discourage a pet owner from feeding his or her pet human food, but that may not stop the owner from doing so. If the veterinarian knows that the pet doesn’t get the nutrition it needs, the veterinarian may prescribe dietary supplements to help aid the pet’s appropriate development.
This might be surprising, but feeding your pet the right type and amount of food can greatly extend its length and quality of life. Overfeeding pets can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other health issues like organ failure. Not feeding your pet enough can lead to malnourishment and muscular issues. When pets are given the right amount and type of food, they’re getting all they need nutritionally to grow, develop, and mature properly.
Beyond over-feeding, we also mentioned feeding pets human food. While this is generally frowned upon, there are some exceptions that might actually be helpful to your pet’s health. It’s important to consult with your veterinarian on what situations it might be acceptable to feed your pet human food. However, overfeeding is rarely ever recommended.
Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency in Simi Valley, we serve clients from all over the Ventura County areas of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and even Chatsworth. Our philosophy on pet nutrition and nutrition counseling is simple: we make it our mission to help clients understand the importance of proper pet nutrition and feeding practices and guide them in the best direction for their own unique pet’s nutritional needs. If you would like clarification on how to best feed your pet, please contact us to ask pertinent questions or to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We share in your desire to give your pet a healthy, happy, and long life.