Have you heard? Approximately 35% of pets in this country are obese! What’s more, over 50% of our furry family members do not get enough exercise to keep them in good shape. Although it may make them look cute and cuddly, excess fat can cause serious health issues in our pets such as joint pain, heart disease and even cancer. Fortunately, after seeing many heavier pets in recent years, our team has become highly knowledgeable about the ways that we can help pets get into better health. As always, you are welcome to call us at 705.742.4243 with any of your concerns about your pet’s weight and any other aspect of their wellbeing.
How can I tell if my pet is overweight?
It’s a lot more challenging to accurately determine whether or not a pain is overweight or underweight. Some breeds for example are naturally thinner or heavier than others. That being said, a good rule of thumb is to assess your pet’s main torso region. If you can no longer feel the definition of your pet’s hips or waist, or if you can no longer feel their lower ribs when petting them, they are most likely overweight. The best thing to do is to consult with your veterinarian.
How can I help my cat/dog lose weight?
When it comes to helping a pet lose or gain weight, minor changes in your routine make a significant impact. At home, getting your pet to move more via play or walks and lessening the amount of food/treats that you give them may be enough to see desired changes. Oftentimes, giving less treats is actually more difficult for us humans, versus our pets. Before you make any modifications to your furry friend’s routine, it is best to come to the hospital for a consultation, so that we can make recommendations on which food, products and activities will help you and your pet reach your goal weight. Weight gain or weight loss may also be signs of undiagnosed conditions, which we can uncover during a check-up.
What happens at a nutritional consultation?
During a nutritional consultation at Champlain Animal Hospital, your veterinarian will put together a treatment plan unique to your pet’s situation. As opposed to consulting with friends or online sources that may provide inaccurate advice, this is really the best option for your pet.