Maybe the Most Important Advice From Your Veterinarian
Nutrition is the Foundation of the Body
Nutrition is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health. Proper nutrients are necessary for every organ system in the body to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies as well as excesses are a major problem in veterinary medicine.
Did you know:
- Over 60% of the pets we see over the age of 3 are overweight?
- Maintaining a pet at his/her ideal body weight can improve life expectancy by up to 20%? That means a 10 year old fit dog could live an extra 2 years at the right weight!
- Most skin problems have a nutritional component to them?
- Pets can become hypersensitive (allergic) to feeds with too much waste product or additives?
- Many gastrointestinal disturbances can be linked in inappropriate diet?
- Nutritional issues are the number one cause of medical problems in captive birds and reptiles?
Determining Nutritional Status
When we examine your pet, we will evaluate their nutritional status and make specific recommendations regarding proper nutrition for your pet. We have a variety of prescription diets for each life stage and medical condition that we may be faced with.
When we start your pet on a nutrition program, we continue to counsel you on a continuing basis. We encourage monthly counseling sessions with our trained nutritional counselors. They can help your pet achieve their ideal weight and condition. In addition, We have a number of aides available for you to help you keep the nutritional goals in the forefront of your mind.
You Can Get Started at Home
You can learn to guage whether your pet is too fat or not at home. Here’s the system:
It’s called “Body Condition Scoring.” The scale we use at All Pet Care Hospital is a scale of one to nine, with 1 being so skinny the animal is barely alive and nine being so fat the legs hardly can reach the ground!
So, here’s what you do:
Body Condition Scoring Instructions:
- Look at your pet from the side. Is there a tummy tuck under the belly? Or does the belly continue straight across from the chest to the knees?
- Look at your pet from the top. Does the waistline, just in front of the hips and the hind legs go in? Or does it go straight from the ribs to the hips? Or do the sides bulge out?
- Feel the ribs with your fingers spread out flap and gently rub the rib area front to back. If you can see ribs without touching, that’s skinny. If you can feel the ribs, but not see them, that’s normal or fat.
Here’s the interpretation of the body condition. If you can see ribs, your pet is 4/9 or 1-2-or3. 1-2-and3 are super skinny. 5/9 is easily feeling but not seeing the ribs and normal also. If you can;t count ribs, then the fatness is 6/9 is a little fat. 7/9, there’s no tummy tuck and no hourglass waist. 8/9 actually bulges out and down and 9/9 is obese, rotund and sometimes, not able to walk.
Obviously 4-5/9 are healthy. The rest is not!
Call All Pet Care Hospital today 727-442-9111 to get started.
All Pet Care Hospital
1453 Sunset Point Road