Helping Your Pets Stay Fit & Healthy With Good Nutrition

Pet Nutritional Counseling With The Staff at Spencer Animal Hospital

Companion animals come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own unique nutritional needs. Breed, size, age, and activity level all play a role in determining the proper amount of food necessary to maintain a healthy body.

According to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, companion animal obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. And, just as with humans, obesity is a factor in many health conditions with pets, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney and heart disease, and shortened life expectancy. Studies have shown that obesity can shorten a pet’s life span by as much as two years; it is also responsible for the onset of arthritis two years sooner than a normal weight pet.

To find out how your furry family member’s weight compares to that of an average person, visit the Pet Weight Translator.

Talk to Your Veterinarian

With so many pet food choices on the market, how do know which one is best for your pet? Your veterinarian is your best resource for information on what kind of food and how much to give your furry family member. He or she will assess your dog or cat’s current health, as well as other vital factors, and design a nutritional program uniquely suited to your animal.

At Spencer Animal Hospital, we have had success with the Hill’s Science Diet line of pet foods. They are not only a favored choice for healthy nutrition, but also offer options for the promotion of healthy joints and teeth. We carry the full line of Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet foods in our pharmacy.

To help you determine if your precious pooch or favorite feline is packing on a few more pounds that he or she should, learn about Body Condition Scoring from Hills.

Dr. Mangum and his staff have been our pets’ choice clinic since 1971. Never has there been a more knowledgeable, caring, and friendly team with such unprecedented customer service. Forty one years of great service to us and all of our pets throughout the years!
– Barbara Groh

We have been clients of Spencer Animal Hospital for over 35 years. I know I have always been given excellent care whether it has been routine health care or for an emergency. I appreciate the kindness given to us and our animals and the honest information given when sometimes it is not what we wanted to hear.
–Sue Blansett

Dr. Mangum, Dr. Borovik and the staff of Spencer Animal Hospital have become an extension of our family by caring for our beloved pets. The doctors continue to keep abreast of changes in veterinary medicine, and have also worked with specialists in the care of our pets. We know that when we take our pet to Dr. Mangum and Dr. Borovik, be it for their yearly check-up or if they are ill, we can be confident they are receiving the best care available.
– The Gregory’s