Nutrition and Pet Obesity
Pet nutrition is an overlooked subject in many veterinary practices. Dr. White and the Huntington Veterinary Hospital (HVH) staff recognize the importance of nutrition and healthy body weights. A good quality diet and an appropriate weight will prolong your pet’s life. During wellness exams, we will cover proper nutrition and correct feeding quantities. Your companion’s needs may change with age, activity, weight, or medical conditions
Pet Food Brands
HVH recommends brands that have science behind them—brands that have been tested and trialed for years. Brands stocked at the hospital include Hill’s Science Diet®, Purina® Pro-Plan® and Royal Canin. We also carry a number of veterinary formulas and prescribe them for certain medical conditions. Many of these diets are highly therapeutic.
Pet Obesity Prevention
An estimated 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to recent research.
Alarmingly, the trend seems to be increasing. Many pet owners don’t recognize that their pet is overweight. That is why we will assess your pet’s weight and body condition at each wellness exam.
Many owners unknowingly overfeed their pets. It’s not surprising, since many pet food labels recommend quantities that are just too much. We’ll help you to determine appropriate feeding amounts and calories for your pet.
Health Risks and Obesity
For many owners, food is love—particularly in the case of a food-motivated pet, but there are serious health risks to excess weight and it also takes a toll on vitality and life quality.
- Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets
- Osteoarthritis/joint pain
- High blood pressure
- Heart and respiratory disease
- Cranial cruciate ligament injury
- Kidney disease
- Many forms of cancer
- Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)
We look forward to discussing pet nutrition and addressing any weight issues at your next wellness exam.