Good Nutrition Habits Ensure Your Pet Stays Healthy

nutrition

Dogs and cats may become overweight and obese just as humans can. The cause of obesity is most often due to lack of exercise combined with excessive food intake. Recent national estimates reveal that 40% to 50% of dogs are overweight and 25% of them are obese. At Rea Road Animal Hospital, we know good health and good nutrition go hand in hand. Nutritional counseling can help your pet.

When it comes to your pets, it can be very tempting to reward them with tasty treats they enjoy so much. But too much of a good thing, including extra snacks, can have bad results. We encourage you not to feed human foods, including table scraps, to pets. Obesity-related health problems include

  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Shortened life span
  • Torn ligaments
  • Back problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Disease
  • Immune system problems

We are happy to help with nutritional counseling for you and your pet. Your dog or cat's diet will be analyzed and recommendations will be given to you for appropriate foods. There are also many ways to help your pet get more exercise that are fun for both of you, and we'll show you how.

Some Foods Cause Pet Allergies

Most pets are not born with food allergies but their immune systems develop the allergy over time. The most common food allergies are caused by beef, dairy products, chicken, lamb, fish, chicken eggs, corn, wheat, and soy. Food allergy symptoms are similar to most allergies common to dogs and cats, including itching and problems with digestion. We will help you to isolate the food that is causing distress and suggest an appropriate, nutritious diet.

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