Nutrition & Weight Management
Good nutrition is as important for pets as it is for people. Nutritional counseling (which includes a review of supplementation needs) is part of your pet’s annual/biannual veterinary assessment. Every pet has unique nutritional requirements in some way. Growing puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and cats. With so many different brands available, choosing the right food for your pet can be a challenge. Our team can help you make informed choices to optimize the health of your pet. At Westmount Animal Clinic we have selected nutritionally balanced brands that we are confident will meet your pets’ nutritional requirements based on their specific needs.
Another challenge for pet owners is at what age to transition their growing pet from a development to an adult maintenance diet. This is a complex topic, but choosing the right time and the appropriate food is important for your pet’s optimal health. We at Westmount offer complimentary Transitional Nutritional Consultations in order to help you help your pet.
Some pet owners are becoming more interested in feeding homemade diets as well as providing a variety of whole foods to supplement their pet’s diets. Cooking for your pet can be fun, though it tends to be time-consuming and challenging to maintain a consistent nutrient balance. If you have the time, the budget and the desire to prepare your pet’s food, make sure it is a balanced ration that is appropriate for your pet’s age and condition. Please feel free to call us and we can assist you with information on nutritionally balanced home cooked diet formulation.
One of the most common findings during regular pet assessments is obesity. Over 60% of our pet population is overweight. This can cause significant health problems as well as shorten your pet’s life. We see higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis in these pets. Call and ask for a free nutritional counseling program – called SLIMFIT. Our team has undertaken extensive nutritional training to help ensure that they can properly educate you on how to help your pet reach a healthy weight!