Why use an Animal Nutritionist?
Why good food is important
We are constantly reminded that what we eat has a profound impact on how our body is shaped and performs. The notion is no different for our animals!
Thousands of dollars can be spent on medical interventions for our pets caused by poor diets. A small change in their diets can have a lasting impact on their life expectancy and quality of life.
Attitudes are changing - the days of feeding scraps to our pets is slowly coming to an end and there has been a boom in pet health products over the last ten years. There are hundreds of brands and types of food to choose from and it can be overwhelming. The 'wellness' marketing promises healthy and convenient food that fits our fast paced lives. Unfortunately, these corporate foods generally remain formulated to meet the minimum requirements and let our pets down in the long-term due to a lack of variety and variable quality. By the same token, pet owners who wish to prepare home made diets may incorrectly balance the feed they prepare, causing an animal to be deficient in key nutrients.
For humans, eating is also an enjoyable activity. We look forward to different flavours, smells and textures. Our animals also seek those sensations and variety also allows them access to a range of nutrients which cannot be replicated in a single product.
The role of animal nutritionists
Qualified animal nutritionists use the same methods and adopt the same philosophy as dieticians for humans. We are allied health professionals, aiming to guide owners on the nutritional requirements to keep their animals healthy.
The nutritional needs of an animal will change over their lifetime and can also vary by breed, type and other health factors (e.g. chronic disease). An animal nutritionist can support clients in adapting the pet's diet to account for these factors. Sydney Animal Nutrition uses a scientific approach to formulation of balanced yet appetitising meals which meet the holistic needs of the animal. Each animal, like human, is unique.
The role of the animal nutritionist complements, rather than replaces, vetinarians by providing preventative healthcare through dietary advice. While veterinary studies touches on animal nutrition, the syllabus remains focused on medical and surgical aspects of animal health. A qualified animal nutritionist understands what changes in diet can and cannot effect and will be open and honest with their clients about when vetinary advice should be sought.
Sydney Animal Nutrition is at the forefront in professionalising the provision of nutritional advice to companion animals. Other nutritionists in the companion animal sector often lack academic qualification and do not employ scientifically recognised approaches to diet formulation. Lack of formal training carries the risk of harm to your pets.