Proper balanced nutrition is vital to the health and wellness of your pet, so much so that it was named the fifth vital assessment by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) following temperature, respiration, pulse, and pain. Determining the best diet for your companion takes into account a number of factors including their breed or size, life stage, activity level, and any health conditions. With an innumerable selection of pet foods on the market, finding the best diet can be overwhelming at best, and we recommend in your selection that you utilize the guidelines provided by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) under Additional Resources on this page to help direct your choices.
Montpelier Veterinary Hospital carries Hill's, Purina, and Royal Canin veterinary diets. Each of these brands are recommended by our veterinarians as they are formulated by board-certified veterinary nutritionists for proper balanced nutrition for dogs and cats. Information about the nutrition experts formulating your pet's diet and more is available through the Pet Nutrition Alliance Manufacturer Report available under Additional Resources on this page.
Nutrition is an important modality for treatment in a number of chronic conditions. The staff at Montpelier Veterinary Hospital can make recommendations for the specific nutritional requirements for your pet and their health. Diet is also an important factor in treatment for obesity, one of the most common conditions in pets today. According to a survey performed by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States in 2018 were overweight or obese. Obesity can predispose pets to many health conditions, but our veterinarians at Montpelier Veterinary Hospital will assess your pet using multiple metrics including Body Condition Scoring illustrated below and can help to create realistic weight loss goals to help your companion live a happier and healthier life.
The veterinarians and staff at Montpelier Veterinary Hospital hope to work with you to make the best decisions for your beloved pet's care!