Nutrition & Weight Management
Understanding Pet Nutrition
Pet nutrition is commonly the source of obesity, allergies, and other internal issues with pets. The veterinary team at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital have extensively researched pet nutrition and are eager to share their knowledge to ensure your pet lives a quality life through proper nutrition.
Are you feeding your pet the right food?
Have you ever taken an inventory of the foods you consume as a human, only to find that you’re overdoing it on carbs, proteins or fat? With all the misleading marketing in the pet food industry, it’s important to get your information from a reliable source. All pets are different and what’s good for one is not necessarily good for the other. You need the guidance of those in the know…not a company’s marketing message. Our team of doctors can translate what your pet’s food label means to your pet and what steps need to be taken to ensure they’re receiving the proper nutrition for a long, happy life.
The importance of your pet’s nutritional needs.
The marketing of “healthy” pet food is just what it is…marketing. For example: With all the hype about grain-free and boutique foods; the ingredients used to substitute grains, while they sound healthy (such as lentils, peas, legumes, potatoes, etc.), they contain low levels of taurine. On July 19, 2018, the U.S. FDA issued an alert regarding grain-free diets and a possible link to dilated cardiomyopathy (a decreased ability to pump blood); often resulting in congestive heart failure. The correlation of peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and potatoes is the focus of the investigation and if your pet is currently on a grain-free diet, the FDA urges pet owners to consult their veterinarian. Certainly valuable information to know, but you won’t hear/see that in the marketing of grain-free products.
“Oh, it’s just a couple pounds.”
Here’s a little perspective for you to consider: Each excess pound on a cat is equal to 15 pounds on certain humans; two extra pounds on a dog is equal to 10 pounds on certain humans; a 90 pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186 lb. 5’ 4” female, or 217 lb. 5’ 9” male. We all know what this does to our overall health.
As your pet gains weight, they slow down, unable to jump up on a favorite couch, no longer want to go for walks, etc. Then the internal symptoms begin to present themselves, albeit the internal damage has been happening for a while…you’re just now being made aware of it. Now you’re going to the vet more often for issues such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, etc. Not to mention the medications they will have to be on the rest of their lives because someone said, “Oh, it’s just a couple pounds”. You are the sole voice for your pet’s health; let Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital provide the guidance you need to extend your pet’s life comfortably, happy, and healthy.
As your pet ages, his or her nutritional and weight control needs will inevitably change. In order for us to continue achieving the desired results, we must make sure that our approach also evolves. At certain life stages, such as the transition from youth into adulthood, we’ll evaluate our plan and make any necessary adjustments. This will improve the chances of your companion staying in tip-top shape throughout his or her entire life.
Give the team at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital a call today to get started. We can design a customized diet and exercise plan that will bring out the very best in your animal friend.
“I cannot speak highly enough about every single person at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital. They truly embody their mission statement “Where we treat you like family and your pets as our own.”
“The attention and service provided to my two dogs by the vet technician (Ms. Wilder) and the Vet (Dr. McDonald) were impressive. They really put my two dogs first and made me feel they care about the health of my pets.”
“We just put our three-year-old through training at day camp at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital. Cheyenne and Will are great and Serena’s improved so much that we have taken her to Marietta Market, baseball games for the grandkids, and other little outings.”
“Had to board for four days. I called to check on her and was given in detail how she did. Picked her up and she was not shaking (which she normally does when we are at vets). I will definitely use them again. Love this group. Very friendly and caring!”
“If you need a cat groomer, I recommend Marissa! She was patient with my baby Oliver and made him feel comfortable. And he looks great!!!!”
Frequently Asked Questions
As veterinarians we deal with a wide range of complicated issues in the course of our day-to-day work. If you don’t have all the answers, we might. We have some FAQ documents on a wide range of subjects for your pet. Whether you’re looking for answers to common questions or just curious, our FAQs could be the fastest route to the answers you need.