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Pet Nutritional Counseling from Your Veterinarian in Winnipeg

Whether your pet is a picky eater or could inhale an entire bag of food in a single sitting, choosing the right pet food is an important part of pet wellness care. At Southglen Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarian in Winnipeg provides nutritional counseling to help pets lose weight, identify and manage food allergies, and live a fully, active and healthy life. The right pet food can improve all aspects of your pet’s health, including addressing issues such as bladder infections, improving joint mobility and even making your pet’s coat shiner.

Nutritional Counseling for Overweight/Obese Pets

More than half of all pets are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and pet diets are a leading reason for this problem. Just like humans, pets that are overweight or obese are at increased risk for a host of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and joint problems. Not all commercial pet foods are created equal. Our veterinarian in Winnipeg understands that it can be difficult for pet owners to know which food is right for their pet and determine whether the health claims on the food packages are accurate. Unfortunately, some commercial pet foods are comprised primarily of filler ingredients and have the nutritional value of a fast food meal. Feeding your pet these foods every day will naturally lead to weight gain!

To help your pet lose weight, our veterinarian in Winnipeg will analyze your pet’s current diet and level of exercise. For many pets, simple changes can make a big difference. Increasing activity levels with longer walks or more time running off leash, coupled with healthier foods and a decrease in treats will help your dog lose the weight. Playing with your cat each day, decreasing daily food quantities and reducing the number of treats can help cats shed the extra pounds. Our veterinarian will create a custom dietary treatment plan that meets your pet’s specific weight loss and weight management goals.

Identifying & Managing Food Allergies in Pets

Does your pet frequently itch, bite, lick or scratch at his skin? If so, your pet could be suffering from a food allergy. Chronic ear inflammation, chronic diarrhea and gas, and an itchy rear are also common food allergy symptoms. Many different ingredients in pet foods can trigger an allergic reaction in your pet or general intolerance. Common allergen triggers include beef, diary, wheat, egg, chicken, and soy. Most dogs are allergic to more than one ingredient, which can make identifying the specific ingredients challenging. Our veterinarian will use an elimination diet to help identify the specific allergen triggers and then recommend alternative food that will reduce or eliminate these allergic reactions.

Getting Started with a Healthy Diet

Are you worried about your pet’s weight or just not sure if you’re feeding your pet the right amount of food? A nutritional consultation with veterinarian is the first step to learning more about your pet’s unique dietary needs. Schedule yours today! Call 204-452-0077.