We understand that bringing a pet into our homes is a huge responsibility. It is important to clearly understand how to care for them to keep us all happy and healthy for a lifetime. Dr. Jeana Ohlen and her team are experienced veterinary professionals and encourage you to learn and understand the unique needs of your individual pet, including nutritional counseling. Here are some reasons why you may consider adding pet nutritional counseling into your next veterinarian visit.
What is The Proper Amount of Food?
Different breeds, sizes, and ages of animals require different diets, and this includes the amount of food that is best for them. Sometimes it is difficult to decide how much food is right for your pet and when is the best time to feed your pet. Some breeds overeat because they are over motivated by food. Others are more finicky and do not eat enough leading to nutritional deficiencies. Finding the right amount of food is a balancing act that Dr. Jeana Ohlen will compassionately work with you to create a customized plan for your special pet.
What is The Proper Type of Food?
Not all food offers the same nutritional value. The question many pet owners ask is, "what brand of food is best for my pet?" This can be as confusing as figuring out how much food they need. This is when the breed, age, and activity level is considered in your pet's nutritional counseling. For example, puppies need different vitamins and calorie levels in their food than mature dogs do in theirs. Every stage in your pet's development requires different food types offering different nutritional needs.
What Supplemental Vitamins Are Needed?
Some pets might have food allergies only a veterinarian can diagnose. Allergies cause discomfort throughout the pet's body and if your pet is experiencing issues, we can pinpoint whether foods containing grain or dairy are causing problems. A nutritional supplement or pet food with added vitamins and minerals may be recommended.
Contact Us Today For Pet Nutritional Counseling
At Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital, we love spending time with your pets and helping you with their overall health and happiness. Dr. Jeana Ohlen, the owner of Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Creek, TX, and her expert team are here to help. If you live in Bastrop, Austin, or Del Valle, contact us today at (512) 303-5444.