Nutrition & Weight Management

Good nutrition and a healthy weight play important roles in your pet’s overall health and ongoing wellness. The food you feed your pet can help promote a healthier life, improve performance and even manage existing medical conditions, but it has to be the right combination of ingredients to meet your pet’s specific needs if it is to truly achieve these benefits. Weight control is equally as important, since pets that are even just a few pounds overweight can become more susceptible to a number of serious medical conditions. Yet, choosing the right diet and exercise can be challenging. You need a partner who understands animal nutrition and can help point you in the right direction. Vineyard Veterinary Hospital offers professional nutritional counseling and weight control services to help get your pet on the road to a lifetime of good health.

Our dietary services are two-fold to address both your pet’s nutritional needs as well as proper weight control. We’ll start by conducting a detailed analysis of your companion, considering such important factors as breed, age, current weight, lifestyle, preferences and the existence of any medical conditions. The information we gather will help our experts to determine what your pet’s specific nutritional needs are so that we can then develop a diet that is designed to meet those needs as effectively as possible. We may recommend the use of prescription diet products, as these foods and supplements offer many benefits that regular pet foods do not.

Next, we’ll tackle the topic of your pet’s weight. Using much of the same information as we gathered during our nutritional analysis, we’ll pinpoint a specific weight range in which your pet should remain in order to achieve optimum health. Then, we’ll work with you to determine the best course of action to reach that weight and, more importantly, to maintain it over time. We’ll help you figure out which exercises and other physical activities would be best suited for your pet, as well as provide guidance on how much and how often you should be feeding your companion to avoid excess calorie intake.

It may sound complicated, but it’s really not. It’s just a matter of identifying appropriate goals for your pet and then determining the steps necessary to achieve those goals over time. You want what’s best for your furry family member, and so do we. Let us create the perfect diet and exercise plan that will bring out their very best and help them enjoy a lifetime of health and happiness.

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