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Pet Nutrition & Weight Management
Proper nutrition is just as important to your pet’s health as it is to yours, and it can lead to a long life for both of you. We emphasize healthy diets for all of our patients so that their nutrition needs are met through every life stage. Whether your pet is 10 weeks old or 10 years old, we can determine what their specific nutrition needs are to make and keep them at a healthy weight.
Our nutrition and weight management services here at Golden State Veterinary Care in Castaic can be customized to meet your pet’s specific needs. We weigh every pet during the wellness exams and can discuss their Body Condition Score (BCS) if they’re suspected to be overweight or underweight. We can also discuss our recommendations for foods as well as caloric intake to help your pet reach a healthy weight, if necessary. For some overweight pets, a simple boost in exercise is all that’s needed for them to lose the excess weight.
Pet Obesity: What Every Pet Owner Should Know
Obesity is one of the most common diseases in pets, and unless it’s treated, it can lead to poor health and a shorter lifespan. That’s why part of our mission is to prevent and treat this disease in any way we can. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), more than 50% of all dogs and cats are currently overweight or obese. Studies show that pets that AREN’T overweight can live up to 2.5 years longer than those that are.
The following are some of the health problems associated with overweight/obese pets:
- Insulin resistance and diabetes (type 2)
- Heart and pulmonary disease
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Cranial cruciate ligament injury
- Immune dysfunction
- Liver disease
- Decreased life expectancy
How to Keep Your Pet Active
In addition to feeding your pet a healthy diet, the following are some of the best activities your pet can participate in to stay at a healthy weight:
- Walking or running
- Basic play
- Interactive toys
- Toys that activate hunting instincts, such as laser toys (cats)
- Jumping and climbing (cats)