Feeding your pet a balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to support your pet’s health and prolong his or her life. At Guthrie Pet Hospital, our recommendations are based on the guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the “Circle of Nutrition” established by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).
After a thorough assessment, our team will help you develop, implement, and maintain a diet plan that keeps your pet both healthy and satisfied.
Selecting the Right Pet Food
When it comes to buying food for your cat or dog, no product is the absolute “best.” However, you can select the right food for your pet based on his or her individual needs. When making nutritional recommendations, our staff take considers many things including age, weight, breed, lifestyle, nutrient deficiencies, pregnancy, and other disease-related risk factors.
We also encourage owners to become educated about how to read pet food labels. Terms such as “human-grade” and “grain-free” can be misleading, and we want you to have accurate information to make informed decisions.
Obesity Prevention and Weight Loss
Similar to human-centered health care, obesity prevention and weight loss is a focal point in veterinary care. For cats and dogs, being even slightly overweight can put them at risk for developing serious medical conditions.
Common weight-related disorders include:
Fortunately, preventing obesity and maintaining an ideal weight can be easier than you think, and our staff is happy to help you explore healthier lifestyle choices for your pet.