Pet Nutrition: The Basics

By Tamara Kees

pet-nutrition     Just like us, pets need a healthy diet to maximize their lifespan, stamina, and well being. The right food plan can also keep pets at an optimal body fat ratio, which protects the joints, liver, and prevents many ailments that can be caused by excess fat accumulation. Back when many of us were kids, we would just feed kibble, maybe a few table scraps and the occasional bone—but now we can educate ourselves to feed for the best balance of nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and quality ingredients that are safe for our pets. We can also find out what foods to stay away from. Continue…

National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week

veterinary-technician-week-fairgrounds-animal-hospitalThis week we celebrate the dedication and hard work of our veterinary technicians. They are invaluable not only to our doctors but to the rest of our staff, our clients and most importantly, to our patients. We are grateful for the work that they do in our hospital and proud of the work that they do throughout our community.

 

Pet Obesity

By: Dr. Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

pet-obesityWeight in our animals is very important. Many people don’t realize what an actual healthy weight for their pet should be. Every pet is different. Just like humans, weight isn’t going to be the same across the board, so it is important to look at your pet in terms of body fat percentage instead of pounds. Your veterinarian is going to assess your pet in terms of their “body condition score”, which looks at how much fat sits over their ribs and how much of a waist they have. Continue…