It is estimated that 50% of domestic pets are considered obese or overweight. Unlike their human counterparts, our pets cannot carry a few extra pounds and not see side effects. Animals suffer from the same weight-related health issues that humans do, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, joint degeneration, and gastrointestinal pain. The doctors at Mercy Animal Hospital have made it their mission to educate their clients on proper food choices and portion sizes in order to give pets the best quality of life. Proper food choice is important due to the fact that animals do not possess the same digestive enzymes as humans, meaning they cannot digest some of our favorites such as grapes, chocolate, some vegetables and some cooked meats. Mercy Animal Hospital carries a variety of food products specifically intended for puppies, seniors, and promoting lean weights.
If you are concerned about your pet’s weight please schedule an appointment to see the options available for getting your pet onto the road to healthiness!
Another important aspect of nutritional counseling is educating our clients on food allergies. If your pet suffers from a food allergy they may suffer from constant itching, rashes and gastrointestinal issues. You may feel you are feeding your pet a great food product, but then find out they are allergic to an ingredient used to make that food. Mercy Animal Hospital carries a variety of hypoallergenic foods that can keep your pet from suffering needlessly.