Nutrition & Weight Management

What are you feeding your pet? Do you really understand all of the information on the package? Can you really be certain it’s meeting their nutritional needs? What about weight? Are you confident that your pet isn’t a little too heavy (or not heavy enough)?

All of these questions lead to one critical fact: diet and exercise are among the most important components of your animal companion’s health care. The problem is, with so many different food products to choose from and so much confusion surrounding weight control, you may find yourself struggling with information overload. If you are, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, nutrition and weight management are challenging topics even for the most seasoned pet owners.

What you need is the guidance of an expert. The team at Chico Creek Animal Hospital is experienced in all aspects of companion animal nutrition. We can develop a customized nutrition and weight management plan that will help bring out the very best in your four-legged friend.

We’ll start by conducting a comprehensive nutritional analysis of your pet. We’ll examine them, evaluate their lifestyle and take into consideration such important factors as breed, age, weight and the existence of any medical conditions. This will help us to identify precisely what your pet’s nutritional needs are so we can make a professional recommendation on what food would be the best fit. We’ll also advise you on how much and how often you should be feeding your pet.

Next, we’ll evaluate your pet’s weight to determine if he or she is carrying too many, or too few, extra pounds. This is particularly important since overweight animals have a higher risk of developing chronic disease, while pets that don’t weigh enough may be more prone to injury or illness. We’ll use our nutritional analysis to determine what weight range would be healthiest for your pet and then develop a plan for achieving and maintaining that target weight.

Lastly, we will revisit your pet’s diet and exercise plan from time to time to make sure it’s still as effective as it was originally designed to be. As companion animals age, their health care needs change, including those associated with nutrition and weight control. We’ll re-assess our approach at certain intervals during your pet’s life and make any necessary adjustments so that we continue to achieve the desired results.

What you feed your pet and how much he or she weighs can mean the difference between a long, happy and healthy life and merely existing. Doesn’t that little critter deserve the very best? Let our nutritional experts design the perfect plan to help your pet achieve optimum health for life!

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