The right diet and appropriate exercise plan can help support a longer, healthier life and it can even help to manage certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis. The key is determining what your individual pet’s needs are, as well as their ideal weight range, and then taking the appropriate steps to meet those needs and achieve those goals. Unfortunately, unless you’re trained in animal nutrition, this can be a challenge – especially given the massive amount of pet food products available on the market today.
If you’re unsure and could use a little guidance, the team at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic can help. Through our pet nutrition and weight management services, we can develop the perfect plan to help your pet achieve optimum health for life!
We specialize in formulating a strategic weight loss plan individualized to your pet. During a consultation we will take into account your pets calorie intake and show you where we can make changes to maximize weight loss, often using the same food you are currently feeding. We have an easy to understand Chubby Chart for your use.
We’ll start by conducting a physical exam and a detailed health analysis to determine your pet’s specific nutritional needs, and then use that information to develop a customized food plan to meet those needs. We may recommend using prescription diet food products, depending on whether we feel they will provide added benefits for your pet that regular products do not.
We’ll revisit our plan from time to time to make sure it is still as effective as it once was. As pets age, their nutritional needs often change, so it’s important that we reassess the situation every so often, and make adjustments wherever necessary, so that your pet can continue to stay happy, healthy and fit throughout the course of his or her lifetime.