Imagine walking into the grocery store with a blindfold on, grabbing any old food off the shelf and eating it, day in and day out. Not only would this not be very palatable, but you would very likely also be missing out on key nutritional ingredients that you need to stay healthy and strong. Doesn’t make sense, does it? Yet, this is exactly the approach that many pet owners take with their animal friends.

All too often, otherwise responsible pet owners fail to consider how important food choices are for their four-legged family members. Others find the topics of nutrition and weight control to be confusing and downright overwhelming. Either way, what you end up with is food that is not meeting your pet’s needs.

What you need is the guidance of someone who understands companion animal nutrition and can offer expert advice on such things as food, calorie intake, exercise and more. What you need is the team at Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center. Our experienced doctors can provide you with the advice and guidance you need to help your pet achieve his or her optimum potential.

What should I feed my pet?

The first step in our professional nutritional counseling services is diet. We’ll conduct a detailed health analysis of your pet, considering such important factors as age, breed, present weight and the existence of any medical conditions. This information will help our doctors identify your pet’s specific nutritional needs so that we can provide a recommendation of what type of diet would meet those needs.

We’ll also discuss how much you should be feeding your pet, as well as how often. This is important because even with the right food, if you’re overfeeding it could lead to excess calorie intake and contribute to weight gain. We’ll go over serving size and portion control with you to help reduce this risk.

A healthy weight is important.

Beyond diet, exercise should also be a part of your pet’s daily routine. Even animals that are older or those that suffer from existing medical conditions can and should participate in physical activity to keep them fit and trim. We’ll help pinpoint the ideal weight range for your companion and then work with you to develop an exercise plan to help achieve that goal weight and maintain it over time.

Ongoing maintenance…

Finally, it’s important that we revisit your pet’s nutritional plan from time to time to make sure it’s still as effective as it was originally designed to be. As animals age, their bodies and health care needs change. As part of our ongoing health maintenance, we’ll reevaluate our approach and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.

You wouldn’t play a guessing game with your own health. Your pet deserves the same courtesy. Let the experts at Waccamaw develop a customized diet and exercise plan that will bring out the very best in your four-legged friend.