Nutritional and Behavioral Counseling

Nutritional

If your adult dog or cat is healthy, you may have chosen a pet food based simply on whether or not your pet will eat it. Cost may also play a factor in your decision. However, not all pet foods are equal. And feeding the right amount is not as simple as following the directions on the package (they’re just guidelines).

Choosing an appropriate diet can set your pet on a path of lifelong good nutrition and help prevent many problems, including allergies, nutritional deficiencies, skin and coat disorders and obesity. Nutritional requirements for dogs and cats vary depending on a variety of factors, including age, breed and health. For instance, senior pets have significantly different requirements than puppies or kittens, and animals with diabetes, kidney disease and other health conditions can benefit from special diets.

Our veterinarians can help you make informed decisions about your pet’s diet. We can counsel you on which foods are the best choices based on your pet’s needs and your financial considerations, how much to feed and even how to decode pet food labels. We can create a nutrition plan specifically for your pet, and we’re also happy to work with owners to help their overweight pets get down to a healthy weight. A new diet available for weight management for dogs and cats is called Metabolic Diet (www.hillspet.com)

Behavioral

Puppies and kittens have special need and proper behavioral habits and management is critical to ensure your pet is well behaved. Both for obedience and house training during the puppy and kitten wellness/ vaccination visits we will discuss these aspects and give advice.

We also understand other behavioral issues can arise at any time and any age and we have the knowledge to advise you through these challenges. We will rule out a physical or metabolic cause and at times we may prescribe various holistic medicinal pharmacological products to help a pet with anxiety etc.

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