Importance of Nutritional Counseling

When you become a pet parent, you become responsible for every aspect of your pet’s care to ensure that they live a long, active and happy life. There are lots of ways in which you can help them to achieve this, but one of the most obvious and successful is through ensuring that they consume the right diet. Like us, animals depend on being given the correct blend of nutrients for them to reach optimal health. However also like us, their nutritional requirements can vary depending on various factors, including their breed, age, and current health. Their nutritional requirements will also change over time and so for this reason, it is important that you regularly review what your pet is eating and if it is the best diet for them. One of the easiest ways to do this is to schedule nutritional counseling appointments. 


What is Nutritional Counseling?


Nutritional counseling is an appointment with a trained and experienced veterinarian who understands the importance of providing the correct nutrition for your pet based on their individual circumstances. Their education and experience enable them to assess the various unique elements of your pet and make a recommendation for the right diet to fulfill their nutritional needs. In addition to this, they will also provide valuable information and guidance about things like portion sizes, types of food (for example a soft diet) and any supplements that they feel would benefit your pet’s overall health. A good example of this is the supplement glucosamine which is regularly recommended for pets with joint issues such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. You will also be given advice on how to switch your pet onto their new diet. This is important as new foods should be phased in gradually to avoid stomach upsets. 


After your pet’s nutritional counseling appointment, you may be invited to attend a follow-up with your animal to discuss how well their new diet is working for them. This may be done in person, or it could be carried out over the telephone. 


What Issues Can Nutritional Counseling Help With?


Pet nutritional counseling has been found to be valuable in helping to alleviate and treat the symptoms of a variety of health problems that can affect our animals. These include but are not limited to the following conditions:

  • Arthritis

  • Diabetes Mellitus

  • Inflammatory bowel disorders

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Kidney problems

  • Liver problems

  • Food intolerances

  • Lower urinary tract disease

  • Some forms of cancer

  • Weight issues/obesity which is a leading cause of many of the above health problems and more besides



If you think that your pet could benefit from nutritional counseling, or if you have concerns about the food that your pet is currently eating, our dedicated team of veterinary nutritionists would be delighted to offer their advice and support. Please get in touch by calling our veterinary hospital in Petaluma, CA today.