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During an in-home wellness visit, your BetterVet veterinarian will ask you questions about your pet’s diet, taking into account your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, activity level, and any individual health concerns you may have. It is also important to inform your doctor of any history of adverse food reactions or food aversions. Once we have gathered this information, we can make the appropriate recommendations for your pet’s nutrition and make referrals to specialists when necessary. We may also discuss dietary supplements including probiotics, omega fatty acids, and other nutraceuticals that support your pet’s joint, brain, liver, and skin health.

Why is Pet Nutritional Planning Important?

While it is understandable to turn to internet searches and social media when you want a quick answer to questions about your pet’s food or diet, a veterinarian is always the best and safest place to start when you need expert pet nutrition advice.

Depending on your pet’s age, their nutritional requirements will change throughout their lifetime. It is important that you have a reputable source to turn to when you have questions about the best food for your pet, how much to feed your pet, or your pet’s optimal weight. A puppy’s or kitten’s nutritional needs will be very different from those of an adult dog or cat. Reach out to your BetterVet veterinarian when you need nutritional advice for pets. Together, we can ensure that your pet’s nutritional requirements are being met.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment for Pet Nutritional Planning?
Our knowledgeable veterinarians can answer any questions you may have and provide nutrition counseling for your pet during a home wellness or sick visit or telemedicine appointment. Simply schedule a home visit on our website or mobile app and note that you would like to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs during your appointment.
What happens during Pet Nutritional Planning?
During a home visit, one of our veterinary doctors will gather information about your pet’s age, appetite, weight, and lifestyle. Based on this information, we will make recommendations for your cat or dog’s nutritional needs. We can help you to determine the appropriate formulated diet based on your pet’s life stage. We also take into consideration any chronic illness that could be managed with diet and can also recommend nutraceuticals as needed.
Do veterinarians know about pet nutrition?
BetterVet doctors are not board-certified nutritionists, although our veterinarians have completed a comprehensive curriculum. Visit the American College of Veterinary Nutrition online for a list of board-certified professionals in your area as well as to access other information about pet nutrition. 
My pet is overweight, what should I do?
There are certain steps that you can take to help your pet to lose weight, such as exercising them more and providing balanced nutrition. To make sure that your pet does not have a medical reason for why they are gaining weight as well as to design a safe plan for weight loss, it is best to schedule a general nutrition consultation appointment. 
Is it better to feed my pet commercial or home-cooked food?
This is a great question, and an important one to ask your veterinarian. As a general rule, it is best to feed your dog a vet-approved commercial dog or cat food and supplement their diet with home-cooked foods, using only dog and cat-friendly ingredients.
Should I feed my pet a grain-free diet?
There are pros and cons to feeding your pet a grain-free diet. This is a decision best made with your veterinarian or pet nutrition specialist. 


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