Pet Nutrition & Weight Management in Katy, TX
Pet Medical Center of Katy Offers Advice on Pet Nutrition for Good Health
Good nutrition is critical to maintain health in pets, just as it is in with people. However, your cat or dog may require different nutrients at different stages of his or her life. Our Katy veterinarians provide information on nutrition and monitoring weight as part of the overall care we give to our patients.
At Pet Medical Center of Katy, we can help you provide good nutrition for your pet at every stage of life.
The Importance of Good Nutrition at Every Stage of Your Pet’s Life
Just like humans, your pet’s nutritional needs will change over time. To keep them healthy and well, ensure you are feeding them a balanced diet based on the following:
- Very young animals need food that is high in nutrient content to fuel their physical development and activity levels.
- Adult animals need a food formula that helps them achieve a healthy weight and maintains good physical condition.
- Older pets may consume less food, but the nutrient content is important to maintain weight, enhance digestion, and allow a healthy activity level. In addition, foods containing certain vitamins and mineral supplements can help your senior pet avoid coat, skin, and joint problems associated with aging.
In addition, cats need food that contains taurine to maintain critical body processes. Our vet can help you choose a nutritious, easily digestible pet food for your older pet.
Nutrition & Weight Management
Veterinarians are seeing a significant increase in obesity in pets. This results from pet owner overindulging their pets' craving for treats and limiting their opportunities for exercise. Obesity in pets can be in risk for certain health diseases, as it in humans, so you should carefully monitor your pet’s weight to maintain a healthy weight.
Our veterinarians in Katy can help you find the right pet food to ensure good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, so you can avoid the health problems linked to obesity.
Pet Nutrition for Special Health Problems
Pets with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, or kidney problems may require a special diet that helps them effectively metabolize nutrition. Our Katy veterinarians offer a number of prescription pet foods specially formulated to help these health conditions.
Dr. Norma Cruz and the veterinary team at Pet Medical Center of Katy use their years of experience in veterinary care to help their patients maintain good health and function from the early months to old age.
Call Pet Medical Center of Katy at (281) 392-7544 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn more about the best pet nutrition in order to maintain his or her health.
Pet Care: Nutrition & Weight Management
It is unfortunate that pet owners do not realize when their pets become over-weight or obese. In fact, most pets are significantly heavier than their ideal body weight. It is imperative that pet owners try in helping their pets maintain a healthy weight. One of the easiest things you can do is to have regular checkups with your pet’s veterinarian. They should be able to tell if your pet is over or underweight.
What makes nutrition & weight management for pets important?
Just like being overweight or obese has health risks humans, this also poses a serious threat to the health of animals. For example, diabetes in cats and being overweight has a very high correlation. It is also important to keep in mind that weight management does not always mean being overweight. Being underweight could be a sign of malnutrition or other underlying medical causes.
Weight management is also important to keep your pet active. Not being close to their ideal weight will make them less likely to be agile and do the tasks they were meant to do. Also, being active helps in keeping extra weight off. It is always better to not let a pet gain weight in the first place rather than trying to lose weight.
What procedures can be followed for weight management?
Once the veterinary specialist is able to determine if your pet is ideal weight or not, they should provide you with a nutrition and weight management plan, if there are no other medical reasons. Your pet’s veterinarian will give them a full physical exam. This includes listening to the heartbeat, the sound of the lungs, checking for limb movement, and performing other tests as necessary. Once the pet is clear of any medical issues, our veterinarians will assess the current eating and exercise habits of your pet. Accordingly, they should be able to prescribe a tailored program to follow.
The program is generally a mix of nutrition and cardiovascular activities. Portion control for food or eating a certain type of food might be recommended. A slow weight loss is recommended because it places less stress on the organs of the pet.
Nutritional Counseling at Pet Medical Center of Katy
The team of veterinary specialists at Pet Medical Center of Katy are glad to have a look at your pet to determine how good their health is, which includes their weight. If needed, they can guide you through a program to get them in top health.
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