The veterinarians and technicians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital have advanced training in pet nutrition. No two pets’ nutritional needs are the same, and the wide variety of options on the market can be confusing and even misleading to consumers. Our veterinarians and nutritionists will help to select the best nutritional options for your pet and will include weight assessment as part of routine pet physical exams.
Should all pets be on nutritional supplements?
Most healthy pets get all their nutritional needs met with a high quality pet food. For pets that are struggling with medical conditions, our pharmacy technicians and veterinarians can work with the pet owner to find some supplements that can be helpful.
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital carries a variety of supplements, including:
- Joint supplements
- Liver supplements
- Gastrointestinal health supplements
- Omega 3 essential fatty acids
- Geriatric pet supplements
How can I tell if a pet food is a quality food?
Because the nutritional needs of pets vary greatly, understanding the species, breed, age, and condition of each pet plays into the balance of nutrients he or she requires. Pet food labels can be deceptive, and some pet food companies work harder at providing quality products than others.
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s doctors have researched the quality of numerous pet food products and only recommend foods that meet a high standard of excellence. We will assess each pet’s nutritional needs and work with the pet owner to select the food that will allow the pet to remain healthy.
Should I be concerned about my pet’s weight?
Pet obesity is considered a current national problem. Just as with humans, overweight pets are at higher risk for disease such as diabetes, pancreatitis, osteoarthritis, and cancer.
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is committed to helping pet owners determine and maintain an appropriate weight for their pets. Our doctors will evaluate your pet and, based on his or her age, species, breed, and own unique body size, will recommend an optimal weight.
Clients are always welcome to bring pets to the hospital to weigh them, consult with our technicians on nutrition, or to follow up on a weight management plan at no charge.
If you have any questions about your pet’s nutritional needs or his or her weight management, please contact the helpful staff or veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.