Clinical Nutrition

North Madison Animal Hospital Offers Clinical Nutrition Counseling

Research into the effects of nutrition has expanded understanding of the importance of eating the right foods for good health in both humans and animals. Veterinarians implement this information in helping their patients to live longer, healthier, and more active lives.

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At North Madison Animal Hospital in Jackson, TN, we can help your pet achieve better health through the right nutrition.

What Is Clinical Nutrition For Pets?

The type and amount of food consumed can have a direct effect on the health of your pet. Many foods have high levels of fat and carbohydrates that can contribute to weight problems, diabetes or other conditions. Your veterinarian can do a careful evaluation of your pet’s diet and recommend changes that can improve overall health and function. Small adjustment in food intake can make a significant difference in the health and longevity of your pet.

Weight Management in Pets

As in people, obesity has become an increasing problem for the pet population. Excess pounds can contribute to a number of health problems, such as heart disease, liver disease and kidney disease. Being too heavy can also affect joint function and the ability to move comfortably. For these reasons, veterinarians are taking a more proactive interest in maintaining normal weight in their patients. They can help pet owners find an acceptable diet for these animals to help them maintain a healthy weight for better health.

Managing Health Problems Through the Right Pet Nutrition

Proper nutrition is even more important for pets that have been diagnosed with health problems. A carefully designed diet can help animals with diabetes to regulate blood glucose levels more effectively. Sodium restriction and elimination of all processed foods can help pets with heart problems.

Animals with liver problems can benefit from diets with high-quality protein and specific vitamins. Pets diagnosed with kidney problems can benefit from the restriction of certain dietary elements, increased omega-3 fatty acids, and other measures. Pets with gastrointestinal problems may require a specific diet that easier to digest and lower in fiber, to reduce inflammation. Your vet can advise you on the best ways to feed your pet for better health.

Make North Madison Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Jackson, TN

The veterinarians and staff at North Madison Animal Hospital are committed to quality veterinary care for all their patients in Jackson, TN, and surrounding communities. We offer many services for our patients, including dental care, vaccinations, surgery, pharmacy services, and senior care. We also treat birds, reptiles, pocket pets, ferrets, and turtles. Contact North Madison Animal Hospital today at 731-664-6200 for an appointment to learn how clinical nutrition can help to optimize your pet’s health.