Did you know that what you feed your pet can have a direct impact on how many happy, healthy years he or she enjoys? The term, “you are what you eat” is something that can just as easily be applied to our animal companions. In fact, the right diet can do everything from improving performance, to supporting a healthier lifestyle and even helping to manage certain existing medical conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes. Likewise, a healthy weight can help keep your companion fit and strong for many years to come. Yet, unless you’ve been trained in animal nutrition, determining which food products and what weight range would be ideal for your pet can be a challenge. What you need is the help of an expert!

Main West Animal Hospital offers professional nutrition and weight management services that will help get your pet on the path to a lifetime of optimum health. First and foremost, we’ll start by conducting a thorough analysis to determine your pet’s unique needs. Every animal is different, therefore your pet’s nutritional plan should be tailored to meet his or her specific needs. Our analysis will take into consideration such important factors as your pet’s breed, age, current weight and any existing medical problems. We’ll then use this information to develop a personalized food plan that will meet all of your pet’s nutritional needs and keep them at their peak performance.

Next, we’ll address the topic of weight. While there’s arguably nothing cuter than a chubby animal, there is nothing cute about pet obesity. Companion animals that are even just a few pounds overweight are much more susceptible to developing a number of serious illnesses and diseases, some of which can be life threatening. We’ll determine what weight range would be ideal for your pet, and then create a plan to help you achieve and maintain your pet’s optimum weight.

Finally, as important as it is to create a plan for your pet, it’s equally critical to assess that plan on a regular basis. As pets get older, and as certain illnesses develop, their nutritional needs will change. For instance, the needs of a puppy or kitten are vastly different from those of a senior pet, and vice versa. From time to time, we’ll re-evaluate your pet to determine if any changes should be made to his or her diet and exercise plan, as well as the best way to implement those changes for optimum results.

You want what’s best for your animal companion, and so do we. It starts with a foundation of good nutrition and a healthy weight. Let us create the perfect diet and exercise plan to bring out the very best in your animal companion!