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1550 S Rainbow Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 259-9200
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Comprehensive Veterinary Care in Las Vegas

Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, an animal hospital near Las Vegas, is a full-service clinic that can expertly cater to all of your pet’s health and wellness needs. Led by Dr. Gerald L. Prybl, Dr. Terri Fujikawa and a team of highly skilled team of pet professionals, Gentle Doctor veterinary hospital is well-equipped to not just care for the needs of your pet but to help support you in keeping your pet for as long as possible.

Husky puppy laying on a scale.

Whether you are bringing your pet into our clinic for a routine pet exam or because you suspect a problem, our goal is to offer quality treatment for your pet as well as advice, support, education and the highest level of customer service for you, so that you feel confident putting the care of your precious pet in our hands. We are proud to be serving as your community veterinarian in Las Vegas, NV.

Signs that Your Pet May Be Malnourished

Sometimes, it may be difficult to get a clear picture of what your pets’ eating habits are, especially if they are somewhat erratic or if you have more than one pet and they share food.  When we find that pets are malnourished, owners are often surprised that this is the case. It may not necessarily be that your pet is malnourished because he isn’t eating enough food -- it’s also possible that he has a nutritional problem because he’s not eating the right foods for his breed, age, size or weight. These are some things you should look out for as an indication malnourishment in your pet:

  • Dull coating
  • Hair loss
  • Vision problems
  • Visible rib cage (although certain breeds such as greyhounds do have slightly visible rib cages)
  • Excessive dandruff
  • Lethargy
  • Eating feces
  • Hard feces

Signs that Your Pet May Be Overweight

The signs of obesity in pets are very similar to those found in humans. At first, it may be difficult to notice a correlation to your pets diet and their weight because of a common tendency to reward good behavior with extra treats. Too many rewards, however, can rapid weight gain and obesity if not monitored carefully. In addition, when pets are very hairy, we may not readily recognize that extra pounds are becoming a problem because weight gain could be well hidden underneath an ample supply of fur. Signs that your pet may be overweight include:

  • Lethargy
  • Lack of mobility
  • Distended belly
  • Difficulties with breathing

Regulating Your Dog’s Diet and Weight

The best start to maintaining your pet’s health, weight and diet are getting a thorough examination from a knowledgeable, experienced veterinarian. At Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, our goal from the beginning of our relationships with pets and their owners is to understand each pet’s particular needs so that we can offer customized suggestions. We don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions, and although we know that a nutritious diet and proper weight are important to all pets’ health and longevity, we seek to personalize our care to each pet’s specific circumstances.

If you have concerns about your pet’s health, weight or nutrition, call us today to set an appointment for a consultation. We are always happy to welcome new pet patients into our clinic and to help their owners coordinate appropriate health management plans. We will do our best to support you in your endeavor to keep your pet happy, well and active for as long as possible.

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