Riverside Drive Animal Care Center’s weight management program consists of all of our team members who are educated in diet and maintenance for obese pets. Studies have shown that 50% of our pet population is overweight and often this trend to be overweight begins very early in life. Our staff is trained to calculate resting energy requirements of your pet and help you to feed an appropriate amount of food and treats to maintain an optimum weight.
Being overweight can affect the overall health of your pet. Being overweight can lead to chronic inflammatory diseases such as osteoarthritis. Just a 6-9% decrease in weight of an arthritic pet can improve mobility and quality of life. Obesity can lead to diabetes in our feline patients just like their human parents. It is important to address weight issues before there are medical concerns.
With the help of our doctors and you, we can recommend the best diet and exercise program that will meet the needs of both you and your cat or dog. We take special pride in knowing that you want to give your pet a life of happiness and overall good health. Contact one of our Riverside team members to set up a consult.
Feeding your dog or cat may not be as easy as it sounds. There are as many opinions about nutrition as there are people to give them. There is a lot of information of the internet that is not based in fact or science. In fact many trends that are found there may be harmful to your pet.
Our doctors and staff are trained to teach you the current safe medical recommendations for feeding dogs and cats that will be safe for them. Nutritional information changes quickly and we will do our best to teach you the current thoughts, based in research as opposed to the current “fads”.
Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Riverside’s trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your dog or cat to keep it happy, healthy and active. Many medical conditions require special diets such as heart, liver and kidney diseases. We also have diets for food allergies and for cognitive dysfunction, which can affect many older patients.
Riverside is able to provide pet nutritional counseling to critically ill patients by the placement of specialized feeding tubes. These procedures can help our patients recover faster because of aggressive nutritional support.
If you have a question about what to feed your pet – Ask us first!