We all spoil our pets with treats and food that they love. But, as the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Achieving an appropriate balance in our pets’ diet is an important part of your pet’s overall physical fitness. Your Vetted vet can provide you with the appropriate tools and support to help assess your pet’s nutritional needs.
On our house call visits our vets ask you what you feed your pet. As we are in your home, you can bring the packaging to us so we can evaluate the nutritional content of your pet’s diet and whether it is a good idea to continue on it based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors.
For puppies and kittens, we help start them off on the right foot by getting them on a healthy diet and managing their intake as they grow.
Choosing the right food
After speaking with you and performing a comprehensive physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend a specific dietary regimen for your pet, based on:
- Previous medical history
- Body Condition Score
- Physical examination results
- Known allergies
If your pet needs to switch to a new diet, your vet will choose a diet that is carefully considered and specially formulated for their purpose. Your vet may recommend a prescription formula, a freshly cooked diet, and/or nutritional supplements to your pet’s existing regimen, based on your pet’s nutritional needs.
Vetted also partners with a high-quality pet food company which offers freshly cooked diets, formulated by a veterinary nutritionist, delivered straight to your door. Your veterinarian will let you know if your pet could benefit from any of the diets offered.
Monitoring feeding amounts
The exact amount you should feed your pet depends on the diet used, your pet’s activity level, and ability to exercise. Your veterinarian can help you determine how much of the recommended diet you should be feeding your pet daily. It’s important to remember that this is only a starting point, as your pet’s progress on any new diet will need to be assessed at regular intervals by your veterinary team.
How do I change my pet’s diet?
Depending on the diet your veterinarian has advocated for your pet, a transition period between old food and new food may be required. Generally, a 7 day transition period is advised, whereby the ‘new’ food is gradually introduced in small increments, and increased every 1-2 days, while the ‘old food’ is decreased.