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Fueling a Healthy Life

Just like humans, your pet requires a healthy diet to lead a long, happy life. At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, our team will make recommendations to keep your pet strong and satisfied.

Selecting the Right Food

When it comes to the many different options on the pet food market, no product is the absolute best. However, you can select the right food based on your pet’s individual needs. Our recommendations follow the guidelines of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This ensures your pet receives the proper amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and nutrients. When discussing food, we also consider age, lifestyle, and overall health.

Be Smart, Buy Healthy

As advocates for informed, educated pet owners, we encourage you to become knowledgeable about how to read pet food labels. Terms such as “human grade” and “grain-free” can be misleading, and we want you to have accurate information when making decisions on behalf of your pet.

Pet Weight Loss and Management

For cats and dogs, being even slightly overweight puts them at risk for developing serious medical conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • Heart and respiratory disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Various forms of cancer
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If your pet is overweight or obese, consider these weight loss tips:

  • Feeding your pet 2-3 meals a day burns more calories and can reduce begging since food is in your pet’s stomach more often.
  • To encourage movement, divide meals into smaller quantities and place them in different locations around the house. Also consider purchasing a toy that rolls around, slowly releasing food. This motivates pets to “work” for their meal.
  • Make a treat bag that contains only the daily-recommended amount of snack calories for your pet. When the bag is empty, your pet should not receive any more treats for the day. Be sure to involve the whole family!
  • For cats, use interactive toys that require effort (such as laser pointers). Also try throwing treats or toys upstairs so your cat has to climb to retrieve them.

Preventing obesity and managing your pet’s weight is easier than you think. The team at Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital is happy to help you explore healthier lifestyle choices for your pet.

On the Web

American Animal Hospital Association:

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention:

petMD:

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets:

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