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"The doctor of the future will no longer treat with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition."  ~ Thomas Edison

 

Your pet's diet and weight play an important role in his or her health and longevity. The right nutritional balance and a healthy weight can bring your pet from a state of merely existing to achieving his or her optimum performance. It can even help manage existing medical conditions in a way that improves your pet's quality of life.

The problem is, with so many options to choose from as far as pet food is concerned, and little information regarding weight control, managing this part of your pet's health care can be quite the challenge. Even the most seasoned of pet parents need a little help in this area from time to time.

Cat and Dog Eating and DrinkingThe good news is, with the right team in your corner, you don't have to worry! Our veterinarians and technicians are trained in all aspects of companion animal nutrition. We can develop a customized diet and exercise plan that will bring out the very best in your four-legged friend.

We’ll start by identifying what your pet's unique nutritional needs are. As with any component of health care, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pet nutrition. We must evaluate your pet through a physical exam and by considering what makes him or her so special – such as breed, age, current weight and the existence of any medical conditions. This will help us to determine exactly what food, and in what quantity, would be best for your pet.

Next, we'll discuss the topic of your pet's weight. This is important because animals that are overweight face a greater risk of developing a number of serious health conditions. Conversely, pets that don't weigh enough can be more prone to injury or illness. We'll determine what your pet's ideal weight should be, and then develop a customized plan to help achieve and maintain that target weight.

Finally, as your pet ages, we will need to re-evaluate and adjust our approach from time to time to make sure it continues to be as effective as it was originally designed to be. The nutritional needs of an adolescent pet are vastly different from those of a senior animal, and vice versa. We will monitor and measure our plan at certain intervals throughout your pet's life so we can continue to achieve the positive results we're aiming for.

Crossroads Animal Hospital offers pet nutritional counseling for each of our valued patients. In addition, we can provide pet weight management guidance for animals of all ages. Let us get your pet on the path to a lifetime of optimum health, one meal at a time.