Safely Managing Pet Conditions through Diet & Nutrition
Pet nutrition is an integral part of maintaining a happy, healthy animal that lives a long and joyful life. During your pet’s annual veterinary wellness exam, we will discuss your companion’s proper diet as it relates to the age and condition of your pet. We also offer veterinary nutritional counseling for those who may be suffering from a disease or condition that can be monitored and controlled by therapeutic diets such as:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Bladder stones
- Kidney disease
- Food allergies
- Overweight or underweight pets
- Gastrointestinal issues
Some have even found that holistic diet corrections can aid in healing difficult pets displaying signs of:
- Behavioral problems
A wide variety of specialty and therapeutic veterinary diets are available at our Temple City, California, facility for your convenience.
Properly Transitioning Your Pet to Different Food
Unless your pet has been prescribed a bland specialty diet for a temporary gastrointestinal problem, you will want to transition your companion animal’s food gradually rather than immediately providing a full bowl of brand new food. Pets are known to have highly sensitive stomachs, so their bodies may not tolerate a completely new meal very well. You may notice signs of diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive flatulence if your pet’s body is not yet agreeing with the new food.
To help your little friend healthily transition from one brand of food to the next (which should be done with professional veterinary guidance), you should plan on rationing out portions of new and old food together for about one week.
- On days one and two, for example, feed your pet 75% old food and 25% new food.
- If you do not notice many signs of bodily disagreement, you may increase the amount of new food to about 50% on days three and four.
- Ideally, days five and six can have 75% new and only 25% old food, leaving day seven with a 100% complete transition to the new brand of food.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in regards to veterinary nutritional counseling. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and schedule your pet for a visit with us soon.