Nutritional Counseling

From the time a puppy or kitten is born through the twilight years of their life, good nutrition and portion control is one of the cornerstones of their overall health. The caring doctors at Belle Chasse Veterinary Clinic have been providing nutritional counseling to pet owners in the Belle Chasse, Gretna, and Terrytown areas of Louisiana for many years, and they will bring this same superb level of care to your special pet as well.

Did you know there is no “one size fits all” diet for the lifetime of a dog or cat? Nutritional needs change with age and activity levels of our pets. Young pets have special needs for their rapidly growing bodies and rambunctious play. As they begin to mature, their needs change as they are no longer growing, and play less than they did as puppies or kittens. Finally, senior pets need maintenance diets, and often require special diets for conditions including kidney disease and diabetes. Regardless of the current age or condition of your pet companion, our knowledgeable veterinarians will help you select a diet that meets your pet’s specific needs.

Were you aware that overweight pets often have many of the same issues as obese people? Heavy pets are much more likely to have conditions such as diabetes, kidney and heart disease, as well as joint pain and arthritis. Overfeeding or giving your pet table scraps can do long-term damage to their overall health. Our doctors will determine the proper portions for your pet, based on their current weight, age, and overall health.

Proper nutrition in the correct amounts can increase the lifespan of your companion pet. It is easy for a pet owner to become overwhelmed by the available selection of pet foods, all of which claim to have specific benefits for pets. We can offer expert advice to help you negotiate the complicated array of choices. Allow the caring veterinarians at Belle Chasse Veterinary Clinic to work with you and your pet to meet their ever-changing needs.