Your loyal companion deserves love no matter what size they are. At our hospital, our goal is to make sure they are healthy. We provide guidance and suggest safe and healthy tips to get your pet to a healthy weight. We teach our clients how to establish a healthy balance between their pet and what they eat.
How do I know my pet is overweight?
As your pet’s guardian, you’ll notice when they’ve gained a few extra pounds; however, it’s hard to determine if they are overweight or obese. If your pet has gotten wider or rounder in the belly, you should consult with a veterinarian. The doctor can weigh your pet and identify their ideal weight based on their breed and age. If your pet’s weight is less than 20% over their ideal weight, then they are overweight. Anything more than 20% is considered obese. To book a weight management consultation for your pet, call us at 519-948-7727.
Why should my overweight or obese pet lose weight?
When your pet is overweight or obese, the excess fat negatively affects their organs. The weight will make them less active, and your loyal companion will develop medical issues. Pets struggling with their weight are more likely to suffer from:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Urinary bladder disease
How can I control my pet’s weight in a healthy way?
To ensure your pet is losing weight and not missing out on nutrients, you should speak with your veterinarian. Our team can determine your pet’s ideal weight and create a special diet to help them reach that goal. Working with a veterinarian means that your pet’s weight loss progress and overall well-being will be constantly monitored. Our team may recommend the following to help your pet lose weight:
- Exercise – by being active, your pet will burn excess fat
- Special nutrition/diet – we may recommend adjusting your pet’s meals by adding nutritional products that are low in calories while still giving them enough nutrients.
- Schedule meal times – instead of leaving out food for your pet, get them used to eating at certain times. This prevents them from overeating.