It’s a fact — good nutrition enhances a pet’s quality and quantity of life. Unlike human doctors, in the veterinary world, with the help of dedicated pet owners, veterinarians have the ability to control what our patients eat. This becomes an amazing opportunity to not only promote general health, but to also prevent and treat diseases such as obesity, osteoarthritis, and diabetes mellitus. Nutrition is so important that World Small Animal Veterinary Association, in association with AAHA, developed the global nutrition committee. Their goal is to help the veterinary healthcare team and pet owners ensure that dogs and cats are on an optimal nutrition plan tailored to the needs of the individual. As such, along with temperature, pulse, respiration, and pain assessment, a nutritional assessment has become the “5th vital sign” addressed at all physical examinations. At Willamette Veterinary Hospital, we have a full line of wellness and therapeutic diets for dogs and cats. Whether your pet is 12 weeks or 12 years old, we are here to formulate, as part of a complete physical exam, a nutritional plan for your loved one. Call today to schedule!