Nutritional Counseling

Good nutrition with portion control is one of the cornerstones of a healthy pet. From the very first day you bring a new pet home through the final days of its life, diet plays a critical role in your pet’s overall health and well-being. Today, many pet owners are confused by the sheer number of pet food options and often choose a “one size fits all” brand.

However, did you know that your pet’s nutritional needs change with age and activity level? Are you aware that specially formulated diets can assist in the management of various medical conditions, including kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease? Do you know how many calories your pet should have each day and whether you are over- or underfeeding? Are you comfortable reading and interpreting pet food labels?

Whether your pet has special dietary needs or only needs to gain or lose a few pounds, the nutritional counseling services at Simply Southern Animal Hospital will help you accomplish your goals and keep your pet in good health. Dr. Hayes provides counseling in the dietary selection and feeding practices for pets during various life stages, including growth, pregnancy, nursing, and senior pets. If your pet has a medical condition, he will select the most appropriate diet to suit your pet’s specific needs. Did you know that overweight pets often face many of the same health problems as people who need to lose weight? Heart disease, diabetes, circulation problems, cardiovascular disease, and painful joints are often seen in overweight pets. Dr. Christopher Hayes will help you determine how much food you should provide to keep your pet at a healthy weight.

It can be easy for a pet owner to become overwhelmed by the available selection of pet foods, all of which claim to have specific benefits for pets. Simply Southern Animal Hospital offers expert advice to help you navigate the complicated array of choices. Let our nutritional counseling service help you provide optimal nutrition and maintain a healthy weight for your pet.