While undergoing rehabilitation therapy in Tampa, your dog may need a different diet. Depending on why they’re undergoing animal rehab, their dietary needs will differ. For senior dogs undergoing therapy for routine aging, they’ll need a different food than a puppy that just had a knee replacement surgery.
All Dog Foods are Not Created Equal
As a pet owner in Tampa, you know the bulk bag of kibble a big box store offers differs in quality than a prescription diet food you order through your vet. Manufacturers make foods from different ingredients in various percentages. Commercial food you can buy at grocery stores is typically made with fillers and additives because it’s cheaper to make. These fillers and additives are not good for your pet’s health and can lead to weight gain. Overall, high-quality foods with nourishing ingredients and the right balance of macronutrients encourage your pet’s recovery during animal rehab.
It’s Not Just What You Feed, But How
How much and how often you give your dog food is just as important as the kind of food you give them. Overfeeding causes weight gain and obesity. Obesity hinders the quality of life for animals and leads to complications like diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain. Read the feeding guide on the bag or can to determine how much you should be feeding your dog.
Some pets have issues with eating too quickly and vomiting, so for some pets, feed small amounts at a time. There are special bowls designed to prevent your dog from wolfing down their dinner. Dogs like routine, so set a schedule for feeding. This balances their meals and helps you keep track of their diet.
During animal rehab treatment, your vet may prescribe a specific diet. If this is the case, do not introduce the new food all at once. Doing so can cause gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea. Instead, make a mixture of the new food and the old food, slowly increasing the percentage of the new food until it’s 100% of their meal.
How Animal Rehab Helps Your Pet
Common goals that animal rehab programs have in mind for your pet include:
- Reducing pain and suffering
- Increasing healing and mobility
- Decreasing recovery time from surgery
- Improving range of motion and circulation
- Encourage weight loss
- Enhance body conditioning of seniors and dogs with medical conditions
- Restoring function
At Tampa Bay K9 Rehab, we use a variety of tools and resources to improve pet health. From underwater treadmill therapy to low-level (cold) laser treatment, we have the latest in veterinary technology to give your pet a better life.