Weight Management for Pets

A proper diet and exercise can help keep your cat/dog at a healthy weight and prevent health issues.

There is no handbook when it comes to feeding your individual cat or dog, as a one-size fits all approach doesn't do your cherished companion any good. It's very easy for them to become overweight. To prevent your loyal companion from becoming overweight or obese, you need to work with your veterinarian to establish healthy weight management techniques. Managing your cat or dog's weight can help them stay healthy as being overweight will lead to different diseases like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and urinary bladder disease. To discuss how you can manage your feline or canine companion's weight, feel free to call us at 705-325-4224.

How can I tell if my cat or dog is obese?

You may see the excess fat on their body, but it's not easy to tell if they are obese or overweight. Our veterinarians are experts who can calculate their body condition score (similar to BMI) and determine if your pet is obese. If you can't easily feel the ribs of your cat or dog, or you have noticed their stomach swinging when they walk, you should have a veterinarian assess them.

What does weight management include?

Effective weight management will help your cat or dog stay at a healthy weight. Our team will tailor a weight loss plan that matches the lifestyle of your loyal companion. The veterinarian will recommend a prescription diet that includes low calorie foods that are both nutritious and tasty. Aside from nutrition alternatives, your cat or dog should exercise daily, have a limited amount of treats and not be given table scraps. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor their progress and make adjustments as necessary. Once your cat or dog gets to a healthy weight, you should not go back to their old lifestyle or diet to avoid them becoming overweight again.

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