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Providing excellent nutrition for your pet is one of the best ways to help your pet live a longer, healthier life. At Cornerstone Veterinary Clinic we recommend feeding a high quality food with as few fillers and additives as possible. Lower quality foods contain more fillers and by-products which are difficult, if not impossible for pets to digest efficiently. This means more food is required to meet your pet's nutritional needs and more stool is produced because your pet cannot digest many of the ingredients in the food. Feeding a higher quality food means you feed less food, your pet can absorb more from each bite, and less stool is produced (meaning there is less for you to clean up in the yard!). For most of our patients we recommend Innova, Healthwise and Evo brand dog and cat foods, manufactured by Natura pet products. For more information on these foods please call our office or visit www.naturapet.com
A steadily growing segment of the pet population in the United States is overweight. Recent studies have shown that dogs fed to maintain an ideal body condition lived on average 1.8 years longer, and were considerably healthier, than dogs allowed to become overweight. Being overweight, puts pets at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and other joint problems. Simply put, helping your pet stay thin will give you more quality years together.
Veterinarians use a 9-point scale called a body condition score. Evaluation is made by visual observation and by feeling the pet's body. A score of 1 is given if the pet is extremely thin. A score of 9 is given to pets that are extremely overweight or obese. As a rule, pets should be maintained at a 4 or 5 on this scale. Unfortunately, many pets in America today are too heavy, and many owners tend to think their pet's are leaner than they actually are. That's why it's important to work with your veterinarian to evaluate and develop a feeding plan for your pet.
Start by figuring out where your dog falls on the 9-point body condition chart. In order to do this, you will want to conduct three checks of your dog:
Cats are most easily evaluated by viewing their profile and from above. Conduct the following check's on your cat and compare to the examples below.
Profile Check: Examine your cat's profile - it's best if you are level with the cat. Look for the abdomen to be tucked up behind the rib cage.
Overhead Check: Looking at your cat from overhead, see if you can see a waist behind the ribs. Most cats at a healthy weight should have an hourglass figure.
Too Thin Ideal Too Heavy
If you are concerned about your pet's body condition, please give us a call. We have worked with many dogs and cats to help them achieve their ideal body condition, allowing them to live happier, longer lives.
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