NUTRITION MANAGEMENT

What is the difference between pet store brand foods and veterinary diets?
Veterinarians carry a wide variety of pet foods designed for many different purposes. Most of these diets are therapeutic diets designed for specific diseases. Many of these diets cannot be obtained through a retail outlet due to the fact that they are designed for a very specific use and animals should be under medical supervision while on them. The fundamental difference between our diets and those from the pet store is quality control. The compounds in a veterinary diet are consistent from bag to bag and are strictly regulated
Walden Animal Hospital caries food produced by the Hill’s Food Company. This company has been in pet food industry for the past 50 years and has developed over 100 diets appropriate for specific medical conditions for both dogs and cats. For more information regarding their products please visit their website: www.hillspet.com.

If purchasing food from the pet store, you should examine the bag for either a CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) logo or a statement from AAFCO (American association of Feed Control Officials) stating that the food has been “food trial tested’ and is appropriate for the life stage of your pet (immature, mature or geriatric).

Why are diets designed for special medical conditions?
Research has shown that diet as well as diagnostics and pharmaceuticals are an important mechanism for disease management. Kidney disease, liver disease, urinary tract issues, heart conditions, cancers and allergies are all medical conditions that can greatly benefit from nutritional support. Please discuss any of these problems or any other concerns with us during your pet’s yearly wellness exam.

A growing epidemic: OVERWIGHT AND OBESITY
• Over the last five years the incidence of overweight or obese dogs has increased by almost 40% in the US.
• Over the same time period the number of overweight or obese cats has increased by an astonishing 90%
• In the real world for the veterinarians can be difficult to talk about weight with clients.
• Diagnosis and managements of overweight and obese pets is complicated.
• For the owners is the lack of awareness that their pets are overweight
• Guilt about depriving their pets when controlling their portions or withholding treats.
• Frustration with plans that haven’t worked.

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