When it comes to the health and well-being of your pet, her nutrition undoubtedly plays a huge part. However, there is no one-size-fits-all diet that is suitable for all animals. Instead, the nutrition that your furbaby needs will vary depending on a number of different factors, including her breed and weight, her age and whether she has any ongoing health problems to consider. For example, a puppy would have very different nutritional needs to an adult dog. Your pet nutritionist will be able to recommend both the variety of food and quantity that your puppy needs to eat every day to grow at a healthy rate and build her immune system. In contrast, an adult dog certainly shouldn’t eat the same diet as it would cause her to put on too much weight. Instead her diet would focus on maintaining a good weight and keeping her in good health. A senior pet would require an entirely combination of nutrients to keep her healthy too.
What is nutrition?
All the food that your pet eats contains many different elements. Some are nutritional, meaning that they contain goodness that your pet needs to maintain her body systems and keep her healthy. However, many foods have little or no nutritional value.
Food products fall into different categories – fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Food also supplies micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and phytochemicals that don’t provide calories, but still serve a variety of critical functions to help ensure that your pet’s body operates optimally.
One of the biggest problems with trying to sort out your own pet’s nutrition is deciphering food labels. Many products make claims that are not always accurate, and it can be difficult to pick apart the advertising jargon and understand exactly what your furbaby will be getting if you select that variety of food. Fortunately, pet nutritional counseling can help you find the right food for your pet at every stage of her life.
What is pet nutritional counseling?
Pet nutritional counseling refers to a service provided by many veterinarians that sees them make specific recommendations for your pet’s diet based on her individual needs. This diet will look at both what food is needed as well as the quantity of food your pet should be consuming in order to meet her nutritional requirements. This will mean that you can relax knowing that you are giving your precious pet the right combination and quantity of food to help keep her in optimal health.
The right nutrition can be used to treat many different health problems, and in some cases can even help prevent many common diseases from occurring in the first place. This includes serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, all of which could potentially shorten the lifespan of your pet. A healthy, balanced diet will also ensure that your pet doesn’t become overweight, which is also a key contributor the development of major health problems in pets.
Understanding pet nutrition may seem like a minefield, but with the help of nutritional counseling, you can ensure that your beloved animal is getting the nutrition she needs to live a happy, healthy and long life with you and your family.
To schedule your consultation for nutrition counseling, please contact our office in Birmingham, Alabama.