La Mesa Pet Health Clinic Provides Pet Dietary Management for Dogs and Cats
Proper nutrition is essential to helping pets live long, healthy and active lives. Our La Mesa animal hospital is committed to proactively protecting your pet’s health. That’s why we consider pet dietary management to be just as important as our other pet health wellness services, including vaccinations and spay/neuter operations. Whether your pet needs assistance with a weight management diet or an allergy-friendly diet, our veterinarian will work closely with you to identify the right food for your pet.
La Mesa Animal Hospital Puts Your Pet’s Health and Nutritional Needs First
Pet dietary management is especially important for pets who struggle with food-related allergies. Many commercial pet foods are primarily made from grains, corns and filler ingredients. For many pets, this diet mix is a greater concentration of grains than their bodies are built to process, which can lead to the development of pet food allergies. Our La Mesa animal hospital is committed to helping pet owners understand the best way to avoid these pet health problems by providing nutritional counseling.
As humans, it’s easy to make positive nutritional choices for our families and ourselves. After all, we would never feed our children fast food from the drive-thru every day. Unfortunately, some commercial pet foods on the market today are the equivalent to a fast food meal. Many popular pet foods are actually devoid of the proper protein and nutrients pets need to grow and thrive, placing them at risk for an allergic reaction. It’s easy to be misled by the dubious health claims of different pet foods, and finding the right food for your pet, especially if he or she suffers from allergies, can be a frustrating experience.
Our primary goal with nutrition counseling is to prevent the development of food allergies or manage existing allergies. These allergies can cause incredible discomfort for pets, leading to painful itching, scratching, hot spots and skin infections that are caused by an allergic reaction to the contents of their food. Each time an offending food is eaten, the pet’s immune system can amplify its allergic response, leading to hypersensitivity. Pets who suffer from allergies may also not be receiving the nutrients they need to truly thrive. Some pets can benefit by switching from a chicken, beef, corn and wheat diet to a combination of fish, venison, oatmeal or sweet potato. The key is to switch one ingredient out at a time in an effort to identify the trigger food and stop the allergic reaction.
At our animal hospital, Dr. Wilcox, Dr. Hackman and Dr. Deo understand that it can be difficult to know which foods are healthy choices for your pet. Additionally, dealing with food allergies can be frustrating and expensive, especially when it comes to identifying the underlying cause. Our team is committed to working with each pet and their family to identify and correct pet dietary management concerns. That’s why during every wellness check-up we take the time to discuss a pet’s dietary needs with pet owners, make recommendations and answer any pet health questions.
Whether your pet needs help managing food allergies or controlling weight gain, our La Mesa veterinarian will be with you each step of the way. And our pet dietary management counseling is always tailored to each pet’s individual nutritional needs.
Are you concerned about pet’s diet? Does your pet show symptoms of food allergies? Schedule an appointment with our team today!
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