Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional Counseling

Proper nutrition is important when caring for our pets. At Westside Veterinary Clinic, we recognize this as an essential part of giving your pet a great quality of life. Obesity, skin allergies and food allergies all contribute to poor health in pets. Luckily, this is an issue that is addressed easily with proper food, adequate portions and substantial exercise.

Obesity in pets is actually more dangerous than it is to humans. A few extra pounds on a small dog is the equivalent to morbid obesity in a normal size person. Not only should your pet eat food that is made specifically for them, they should avoid “people” food as well. Pets do not possess the same enzymes as humans and therefore cannot effectively digest all foods that people find tasty. Drs. Coco and staff will help to guide you in choosing the proper food and appropriate portions for weight management. We can also advise you on an exercise routine.

If your pet suffers from allergies, Westside Veterinary Clinic offers hypoallergenic foods and treats. In addition, Westside Veterinary Clinic offers specially formulated diets to manage diabetes. Our knowledgeable staff can direct you to the appropriate, nutritious food for your pet.