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How comfortable are you reading the labels on pet food packages? Can you really say for certain that what you’re feeding your dog or cat is truly providing for their nutritional needs? If the answer to this is no, chances are your pet is not getting everything he or she needs to achieve optimum health.
The right diet and a healthy weight can do wonders for your companion. Good nutrition can support ongoing wellness, promote better performance and even help to manage existing medical conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease, extending and improving your pet’s overall quality of life. The problem is, with so many different products on the market today, determining which one would be most effective can be tough. Add to this the fact that your pet’s nutritional needs can change over time with things like age and activity level, and you’ve got yourself quite a challenge.
Happy Tails Animal Hospital is here to help. We are experienced in all aspects of animal nutrition and can help bring out the very best in your animal friend. We’ll start by assessing your pet’s nutritional needs at his or her present stage of life, considering such things as breed, age, weight and overall health. We’ll then use this information to develop a specific diet that will support your companion’s unique needs and achieve optimum results. We’ll also provide advice and guidance on how much and how often you should be feeding your pet to avoid overfeeding.
Next, we’ll tackle your animal companion’s weight. Did you know that pets that are carrying even just a few extra pounds are much more susceptible to a number of serious medical conditions, some of which may even be life threatening? Our team can help determine what weight range would be ideal for your pet and also discuss ways to help them achieve and maintain that healthy weight. All companion animals need exercise as a part of their daily routine. We can help you figure out what types of physical activities, and at what frequency and intensity level, would be best suited for your pet to successfully keep them healthy and fit.
The final step is maintenance. As your companion ages and experiences the many changes that come along with getting older, their nutritional plan will need to be adjusted to match these changes. We’ll perform ongoing evaluations throughout the various life stages, such as growth, pregnancy, nursing, and the golden years, making appropriate modifications to food and exercise along the way.
Good nutrition plays a critical role in your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Let us work with you to develop a customized diet and exercise plan to help your pet achieve optimum health.