In many ways, your pet’s nutrition is the foundation of his or her overall health. Starting from day one, our staff will work with you to find the right food for your pet and help to educate you on the importance of your pet’s portion size, body condition score, and activity level.

Whether your pet is healthy and lean, or aging and starting to put on a few pounds, or somewhere in between, we will help you manage your pet’s weight and understand how the food choices you make for your pet have an impact on his or her long-term health and wellness.

Food for Thought

At All Creatures Animal Hospital, nutritional counseling will be at the root of your pet’s care if a health concern arises or a chronic condition is diagnosed. While we know that not all ills can be cured by dietary changes alone, we do know that certain foods can exacerbate or subdue the causes and symptoms of many health conditions. Because of this, we will work with you to find the ideal diet for your pet’s condition and consider his or her dietary needs as part of your pet’s overall care plan.

Lean for Life

As your pet moves through life, his or her nutritional needs will change considerably. The nutritional needs of a puppy or kitten are not the same as an adult or senior pet; and your pet’s diet should be adjusted accordingly. But, like us, it’s not just food that keeps your pet in good health. It’s a lifelong balance of diet and exercise that keeps your pet’s health in check.

At All Creatures Animal Hospital, we won’t just counsel you on your pet’s diet, but his or her overall activity level and exercise program too. We will consider all aspects of your pet’s lifestyle when making dietary recommendations and do our best to educate you on how to keep your pet healthy and lean for life.

Obesity in Pets

It is a sad truth that America’s obesity epidemic has extended to our pets. With more than 50% of pets now weighing in as overweight or obese, a few extra pounds on your pet are no longer a laughing matter.

With such small frames to begin with, even a few extra pounds can lead to life-threatening consequences for your pet. Your pet’s extra weight can lead to an increased risk for the following health conditions:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Many types of cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • And if that isn’t bad enough, overweight and obese pets live an average of two-and-a-half years less than their healthy-weight counterparts.

    If your pet is starting to pack on a few extra pounds, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Together we can get your pet back to a healthy weight and give you the tools you need to protect your four-legged friend from falling prey to the perils of obesity.