If you are a human concerned with your own health, then you are already aware that your weight and the nutrition you feed your body play a major role in your own health. The same is true for our pets. In order to live healthy and happy lives, we need to provide our pets with the proper nutrition through a balanced diet (and sometimes nutritional supplements) and help to manage their weight by providing opportunities for physical activity combined with the right number of daily calories.
At a cellular level, the body needs the right vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats to function properly. Additionally, the body needs the right number of calories in a day to provide the perfect amount of energy. Feeding your pet a balanced diet with the right ratio of nutrients for their species will support their bodies and all of the systems within it to keep them at their optimal level of health.
Unfortunately, obese and overweight pets have become incredibly common, and many pet owners do not even know how to recognize when a pet is overweight. (You should be able to see a noticeable narrowing at your pet’s waist.) Too much weight on a pet can lead to several health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, joint problems, and respiratory disease. Maintaining a healthy weight will help your pet to feel energetic while also preventing weight-related health problems.
Prescription diets and nutritional supplementation can also be used to address a variety of health problems in pets such as allergies, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, pancreatitis, urinary tract issues, GI issues, and cardiovascular disease.
At Olive Branch Pet Hospital in Pensacola, we place a strong emphasis on wellness and preventative care, including nutrition and weight management, to keep pets healthy and prevent illness from occurring whenever possible. Managing your pet’s weight and providing them with proper nutrition are two of the most vital components of wellness and preventative care.
To learn more about how nutrition and weight affect your pet’s health and wellbeing, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at Olive Branch Pet Hospital or contact us to learn more about our Wellness Plans for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and senior pets.