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Food as prevention

A balanced and nutritious diet is an important part of your pet's healthy lifestyle.

Our doctors and staff are here to help you make the right nutrition choice - from picking a brand, to what ingredients your pet needs, to how much to feed. If you are interested in feeding your pet a home-cooked diet we can help you formulate a well-rounded diet with all the needed vitamins and minerals.

Even when following all the best guidelines, sometimes certain pet food products must be recalled. Check out this FDA list for any current recalls and what to do if your pet's food is on the list.

Weight Management

Obesity affects more than 50 percent of America's pet population. Pets that are overweight are more prone to developing certain types of health problems including arthritis, heart disease, breathing issues, and diabetes. For some pets the excess weight can mean less energy for playing.

Cats and dogs typically gain weight from eating too much, especially when combined with not enough exercise. Other factors can make your pet predisposed to being overweight. While eating too many calories in the most common reason pets gain unintended weight, several factors such as theses listed below can contribute to making weight harder to manage.

  • Age: As pets age they are often less active and thus require fewer calories. Your vet can help you adjust portions and types of food as your pet ages.
  • Breed: Some dog breeds are more likely to gain weight. This makes it extra important to keep calories in check and have an exercise plan in place starting at an early age.
  • Medical Problems: Several medical problems such as hypothyroidism, Cushings disease, and diabetes can be associated with weight gain. If your pet experiences sudden weight change it is important to see your pet's vet as soon as possible.
  • Overfeeding and Overeating: Feeding the correct amount and type of food for your pets needs is important in achieving and maintaining correct weight. Dogs with unlimited access to food will typically eat more than they need.
  • Feeding habits: Feeding table scraps and too many other foods and treats on top of the recommended amount of dog or cat food is one of the most common causes of obesity. May dogs do well with low calorie treats such as green beans or zucchini. Other ways to decrease calories include breaking treats into multiple smaller pieces to make them last longer.
  • Lack of exercise: Too much food and too little exercise can easily cause your pet to become obese.

Each pet is unique. Our veterinarians will evaluate and discuss what adjustments are needed to keep your pet in top shape. Between check-ups you can place your hands on your dog's side. If his or her ribs are difficult to feel it is likely they are overweight. Cats often carry their extra weight underneath their bellies.

Food as medicine

Prescription Diets

May common health conditions such as diabetes, urinary issues, and inflammatory bowel disease, can be managed with special prescription foods. We keep a broad array of prescription foods in stoch and can special order eve more to help your pet stay healthy

Chinese Food Therapy

Dr. Blaylock has been specially trained to use food as medicine according to the principles of Tradition Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). If you would like a Chinese Medicine Evaluation for your pet set up a consultation with Dr. Blaylock today.

Food can be fun

Food puzzles are a great way to add mental and physical stimulation to your dog or cat's feeding routine! We recommend you measure the amount of food and treats your pet is scheduled to receive that day in a separate container. Then throughout the day use food from that container to reward your pet, fill up a food puzzle or feed them meals from. This will help keep you and your family from accidentally over-feeding throughout the day.

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Feed Interactive Dog Bowl

KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

PetSafe Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Meal Dispensing Dog Toy

CAVN Soft Rubber Toy IQ Treat Ball for Dogs and Cats

Star Mark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser

PetSafe FUNKitty Egg Cersizer Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser

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