Many pets are overweight or obese. Although you might not be concerned if your pet is carrying a few extra pounds, being even slightly overweight puts them at greater risk of developing certain diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and other heart problems, digestive problems, etc.
How do you determine what a healthy weight for my pet is?
We take many factors into account, including breed, size, age, health and more. Based on all this information, we'll determine if your pet needs to gain or lose weight. Your pet is considered obese if they're 15% over their target healthy weight.
Why do you always weigh my pet at their appointments?
We always take the time to weigh your pet so we can record and analyze weight fluctuations in their veterinary file, whether they're still growing or are already an adult. We use this data as a baseline.
How can I help my pet lose weight?
Diet is a critical aspect of weight loss. Our veterinary team can help you evaluate the type and quantity of food you're giving your pet, observe how they're eating and limit or even eliminate treats and table food, etc. Exercise is another important aspect of weight loss. We might suggest a specific exercise and play program to encourage your pet to move more.
I'm afraid my pet will always be hungry if I put them on a diet. Is it really necessary?
With today's high-performance foods, the feeling of constant hunger is no longer a concern. The food has been designed to provide satiety (the feeling of having eaten enough). Your pet will be able to lose a bit of weight without feeling too hungry.