Your Pet's Diet
Our veterinarians are concerned about your pet's nutrition. The right nutrition can enhance your pet's health and extend the life of your companion. A well balanced nutritional program can reduce or eliminate episodes of:
- Pet allergies
- Itching and scratching
- Hot spots
- Dull coat
- Joint and hip problems
- Bad breath
- Smelly skin and ears
Good nutrition is very important along with nutritional supplements that can help provide your pet with a happier, safer and longer life. Supplements are not just intended to fight against disease but also promote the overall well being of your pet.
We can recommend numerous nutritional supplements to help treat and/or prevent arthritis, joint problems, skin and coat ailments, as well as intestinal disorders. Many senior pets, like humans, need arthritis and joint supplements. It is important to keep our pets on a joint supplement year round, not just in the colder months.
Skin and coat supplements are a great way to keep your pet's skin and coat looking its best. Spend time brushing and massaging your pet. This will enable you to detect changes in their coat, hot spots, unusual growths or subcutaneous tumors. Early detection can help prevent costly treatment at a later date. Look for changes in behavior or motion.
Pet Foods, Treats, and the Battle to Fight Obesity
Pet obesity has developed into another primary concern for Veterinarians. Obesity often causes joint pain and arthritic inflammation, as well as increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. To help keep your pet fit, we recommend feeding a properly balanced, high quality diet. It is imperative to follow the feeding guidelines provided by most pet food manufacturers. A common mistake by pet owners is to “free” feed their pets, leaving the pet to indulge their own devices. Another common problem is that we tend to feed our pets table scraps that are often full of sodium, saturated fats, and too many empty calories. By simply measuring your pet’s food intake, avoiding table scraps, and opting for low calorie treats, you can take control of your pet’s dietary maintenance. By adding a routine exercise regiment, a pet owner can greatly improve the future quality of life for their companion.
There are many options available on the market for “proper nutrition”, but sometimes it’s difficult knowing where and how to start investigating what will be best for your pet. Your Kodiak Veterinary Team is dedicated in helping you find the right solution for your pet. Please do not hesitate to ask for our assistance!