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Nutritional Counseling

At Starkville Veterinary Hospital, we realize that pets, like people, are unique and individual; they have different needs based on their size, age, and health issues. But no matter what their individual needs are, it is important that pets maintain a healthy weight, eat a nutritious diet, and receive adequate exercise to promote living longer, with fewer health issues.

Many pet owners take nutrition for granted, partly because the availability of so many nutritionally complete diets has taken much of the guesswork out of choosing a suitable diet for your pet. However, your pet’s nutritional needs will change with age and activity level. Do you know how many calories your pet should have each day and whether you are over- or underfeeding?

Dogs and cats thrive when they are fed a healthy, balanced diet. Currently, however, pet obesity is a huge problem in the United States. When pets are overweight, it creates a tendency towards diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, joint problems, and other chronic health conditions. Using our nutritional counseling services at Starkville Veterinary Hospital will help simplify just what your pet should be eating and how much.

Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to shed, or gain a few pounds, our experienced veterinarian can help you accomplish your goals and keep your pet in good health. We offer counseling in dietary selection and feeding practices for pets throughout life’s stages such as growth, pregnancy, nursing, and the “golden” years. If your pet has a medical condition, we can help you select the most appropriate diet to suit your pet’s needs.

Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed with choosing the right food for your pet. We can offer expert advice to help you negotiate the complicated array of choices. Let our nutritional counseling service help you achieve and maintain optimal nutrition for your pet.