Nutrition & Weight Management

Just like people, eating well and maintaining a healthy body weight are important aspects of pet health. Healthy eating habits, like eating nutritious foods in proper portion sizes, and regular physical activity can prevent health issues such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.

It’s important to keep pets on a proper nutrition plan, and at Rea Road Animal Hospital our veterinarians are here to answer any questions and provide helpful advice about your pets’ dietary needs. We answer questions about how much food pets should be eating, the best food for pets, and other aspects of veterinary nutrition.

Did you know one in three pets are considered obese? As a pet owner, if you are concerned about your pet being overweight, we’ve detailed some helpful tips to get your pet back on track:

  • In order to control portion sizes when feeding your pet, use a measuring cup and refer to the suggested serving size on the food label.
  • For optimal nutritional quality, the first five ingredients on your pet’s food label should not contain fillers, artificial colors, or preservatives.
  • Be careful when sharing food with pets to avoid toxicities and sickness.
  • Just like humans, exercise is very important. Be sure to take your dog on daily walks outside to stay active and try playing laser-tag with your cat daily. Not only are these activities great for bonding and fun, they also burn calories and keeps pets active!



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