Why Nutritional Counseling?
Whether you are dealing with simple issues such as which treats are best to larger issues like the need for a full-scale weight loss program, your pet can benefit from nutritional counseling. Because nutritional counseling is not only specific to each individual patient, but also changes depending on your pet’s current health and phase of life, one-on-one, face-to-face visits with your veterinarian offer the most productive setting for evaluating your pet’s nutritional health.
What to Expect During Nutritional Counseling?
Understanding your pet’s needs begins with a veterinary visit, which allows us to obtain your pet’s current weight, determine his body condition, and perform a comprehensive physical exam. A combination of many factors – including the amount of exercise your pet receives; current medical conditions; and calorie content of your chosen pet food – determines the right amount to feed your pet.
Your pet's age and breed will also factor into determining your pet's ideal weight range. Your veterinarian will use this information to create a specific prescription for your pet's best nutritional health. You will also be provided with other valuable information, such as a detailed weight loss plan; specific, medically-advised diet; and/or basic food requirements for you pet. Wondering what you can do at home to keep an eye on your pet’s weight? A defined waistline typically indicates that your pet is at a healthy weight. (Typically, you should be able to feel your pet’s ribs but not see them.)