Discussing Pet Nutrition with Our Veterinarian
As a pet parent, you want your furry friend to be as healthy as possible. That is why you must regularly discuss pet nutrition with our veterinarian in Arlington, TX. At the Animal Clinic of Arlington, Dr. Walker can help you understand your pet's requirements and recommend the most suitable food.
If your pet has food allergies, it may experience various symptoms, including itching skin, ear infections, digestive upset, and diarrhea. To determine if your dog or cat has a food allergy, they must undergo an elimination diet trial. This particular diet excludes any ingredients they've been eating previously, including treats and flavored supplements.
Our veterinarian can suggest a hypoallergenic diet for your pet to try during an elimination trial. Elimination trials are the most accurate and comprehensive way to diagnose pet food allergies. For your dog or cat's trial hypoallergenic diet, all protein and carb sources should be switched out for one. After switching them over to this new diet, it may take several weeks to see if your pet's symptoms have entirely resolved.
When taking your pet in for their annual pet wellness exam, it's also a great opportunity to discuss any wellness concerns or queries you may have. In addition, our veterinarian can make nutritional recommendations tailored to your pet's age, weight, and activity level and advise you on diet ingredients.
Obesity can lead to many pet health issues, so it's essential to help your pet develop healthy eating and exercise habits early on to avoid having an overweight pet at home. Likewise, our vet can suggest medication to prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworms, which drain your pet's nutrients and strength.
Keeping Your Pet at a Healthy Weight
Maintaining your pet's weight is essential for its longevity and general well-being. Doing so reduces your pet's risk of developing diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory problems, and certain cancers, which could significantly shorten their life expectancy.
If you believe you have an overweight pet, talk with our vet about maintaining a healthy weight. They may suggest altering their diet or physical activity level, for example. One way to check for obesity in your pet is by inspecting its rib cage and waist. With your hands running along their side, you should be able to feel their ribs quickly; additionally, their core should have a slightly accentuated appearance.
Contact Animal Clinic of Arlington
Regular vet visits for your pet allow you to monitor their development and discuss ways to improve their diet or increase activity levels. Additionally, our vet can assess your pet's Body Condition Score. Call the Animal Clinic of Arlington at (817) 460-6622 to schedule your pet wellness appointment with our veterinarian in Arlington, TX.