Sylvan Veterinary Hospital

3520 Roselle Ave.
Modesto, CA 95357
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(209) 551–4527
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Pet Nutritional Counseling:
Defining Your Pet’s Dietary Needs

pet nutritional counseling

If you have walked down the pet food aisle of any grocery or pet specialty store, chances are you’re aware of just how many varieties of dog and cat food there are to choose from. Determining which one is right for your pet can be challenging, especially since his or her needs will change over time. That’s why, at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital, we are happy to provide pet nutrition counseling. Our veterinarians will help you to determine which formulas are best suited for your pet throughout each stage of life.


Puppies and Kittens

Proper nutrition is essential as young puppies and kittens grow and develop. Of course, a Great Dane puppy will mature at a much different pace than a Yorkshire Terrier will. It’s important to choose a food that will address the specific needs of your pet.

Once your cat or dog has finished growing, it’s time to transition to adult food. Keeping pets on high-calorie growth formulas too long can lead to excess weight gain, which can introduce a host of other pet health problems.

Senior Pets

Once dogs reach the age of 7 and cats reach the age of 10, they are considered to be senior pets. Around this time, their metabolisms slow down and they become less active. As a result, they require fewer calories and less protein than they did in their prime.

Senior pets typically need pet food that is higher in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. In some cases, they may benefit from pet nutritional supplements such as glucosamine. Our veterinarians will work with you to determine what dietary changes are needed to keep your senior pet in good health.

Pet Obesity

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all cats and dogs in the United States are overweight, and more than 20% are obese. Carrying around those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, or muscular-skeletal pain such as cat or dog arthritis. If you are unable to feel your pet’s ribs, or his or her waist has disappeared, chances are a change in diet is in order.

Our veterinarians will examine your pet to determine whether he or she is overweight, and if so, why. Sometimes weight gain can be caused by an underlying health condition, such as hypothyroidism. In other cases, free feeding, using the wrong pet food formula, or giving too many treats can result in a pooch or kitty putting on the pounds.


That’s why regular pet wellness exams are so important. These check-ups enable our veterinarians to identify the underlying causes of a pet’s health condition and work with you to solve it as quickly as possible. Contact us to schedule your pet’s appointment today!

Veterinary Services
Pet Wellness
Veterinary Surgery
Veterinary Diagnostics
Pet Dental Care
Pet Nutritional Counseling
Veterinary Artificial Insemination
Specialty Pet Services

AAHA accreditedAmerican Animal Hospital Association’s process of accreditation is similar to what human hospitals go through.


Just wanted to let you know that Allie is doing great after Lap Spay on 4-10-12. Took her one day and she was back to normal. What a great way to get a dog spayed- I will recommend it to all my friends. Here is a photo of Allie that I took yesterday in our pasture with California Poppies. I thought it was cute! Thanks again!!
Karin Wickstrom

I have been taking my Beagle, Destiny, to Sylvan Vet for the last 10 years. She has had many medical problems throughout her life. There were times that I didn’t think she was going to pull though, yet, with wonderful Veterinarians like Dr. Tiffany Cardoza and Dr. Kipp Magnussen, she is still here with me today. I am grateful for their expertise in knowing exactly what she needs and for their compassion towards the both of us, in our hour of need. We are very blessed to know that compassionate help is always there. My deepest thanks and appreciation.
DeAnna Bingham

Sylvan Veterinary Hospital has been an important part of our family’s life for several years now. Most recently they helped to preserve our pug Sweetie’s vision with a new surgery technique. Everyone in the hospital works diligently to serve our needs. There is open communication with the front office staff, the technicians and the doctors whenever necessary. Our concerns and questions are always addressed quickly and the doctors are always available to us whenever needed.
Roger and Diane

What a great neighborhood veterinary clinic! I love the convenient hours and boarding facility. They have a nice, friendly staff and team of doctors who involve me in making the right choice for my pet.
Karin Mcknight

I can’t say enough about the miraculous results you can get from laser therapy. I used it for my puppy’s foot wound that wouldn’t hold stitches. The wound was completely closed in three treatments-without a scar! Also, this pup has elbow dysplasia and laser has helped him quickly regain soundness when he played too roughly. And the best part- it’s not expensive. I’m a tried-and-true believer of this technology.
Lee Nudo and Jagger La Grange, CA

Eleven years ago, Dr. Kipp Magnussen saved the life of my young kitten and I was genuinely impressed with his compassion and competence. Over the years I have been extremely happy with the care all the vets and vet techs have provided for my various dogs and cats. In addition, it is a mark of commitment to the highest standards of quality medical care that Sylvan Vet is accredited through the AAHA. I continue to highly recommend this clinic.
Page Riskin, MD

We have been a client of Sylvan Vet for the past 20 years. Just recently, Bodie, our Chocolate Lab experienced a wound to his back that was quite serious. After two months of patience, determination and constant care by Dr. Kipp Magnussen, Bodie has been nursed back to health. Kipp's staff has become family to us. Each and every one of them is kind, friendly and compassionate! Bodie just celebrated his tenth Birthday and is even swimming again. Thank you Sylvan Vet!!
Anita Bauer

I love the doctors and staff at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital for the care and compassion they have given my dogs over the years. From luxating patella surgery to nail cleaning, the care level is the highest. I would recommend them to any and all pet owners.
Pat Osdahl