Pet Food & Nutrition in Ashburn Farm & Brambleton, VA
As responsible and loving pet owners, you want to be sure that you are meeting your pet's health needs. While nutrition may not be in the forefront of your mind, the right food and eating habits can significantly extend the life of your pet. Our animal hospital offers comprehensive pet care services including pet health advice and allergy services. With more research and veterinary studies, we have seen significant development in the way our veterinarians test for allergies. Keeping your pet allergy free and at a healthy weight is dependent on providing the right pet food and nutrition in Ashburn Farm and Brambleton, VA.
Does Your Pet Need a Prescription Diet?
Our patients can develop difficulties with their current pet food much the same way a human might experience a potentially harmful food reaction. You may have been feeding the same food to your cat for 10 years, but an aging pet may experience changes in his or her internal processes that contribute to gastrointestinal difficulties.
With the right kind of food, the health of your pet may begin to improve in a short time. Depending on the reason for a prescription diet, the pet health plan may be needed for a few weeks or a few years. Some of the reasons your pet may need a prescription diet include:
- Growth during the first 24 months
- Decreasing weight
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Declining urinary health
- Lackluster coloration of coat
- Hair loss
- Difficulty moving with ease
- Stiffness in the joints
- Decrease in oral health
- Hormonal imbalances
- Allergic reactions to environmental factors or food
- Change in general demeanor and habits
- Dry skin
- Recovering from a significant injury or surgery
A Healthy Weight Extends Your Pet's Life
Obesity in pets is becoming more rampant among household pets. Once your pet has grown into maturity, there will be a healthy weight range for optimal health. Because each pet is different, we will need to assess your pet to find the proper weight range for its optimal pet health.
Smaller pets should only have a weight range within a few ounces of their ideal weight. Your pet may experience various fluctuations in weight, but anything dramatic may be cause for concern. In addition, a pet needs a balance of nutrients, but these balances depend on species. For example, cats need approximately twice as much protein in their regular diets than dogs need.