As much as we adore chubby cats and dogs, their health may not be as optimal as it seems. Helping your pet maintain a healthy weight can significantly increase their lifespan. Excessive weight can lead to health issues that shorten their lives. Our veterinary team is here to collaborate with you, creating a personalized weight management plan for your cat or dog, ensuring safe and effective weight loss. If you're ready to initiate a weight management program for your pet, feel free to contact us at 902-468-7387.
How do I know if my cat or dog is overweight or obese?
Recognizing whether your pet is overweight or obese can be determined by their body condition score (BCS). You can assess this by feeling their ribs – they should be easily felt with a slight fat covering. If the ribs are difficult to feel or you notice excess fat around the abdomen, your pet might be overweight. An even more precise evaluation can be done by consulting with our veterinary team during a wellness checkup.
What are the potential health risks associated with overweight or obese pets?
Overweight or obese pets are at higher risk of developing various health issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory problems, heart disease, and skin conditions. Excess weight places added strain on their joints, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility. Additionally, obesity can negatively impact their quality of life and overall health.
How can I help my pet achieve a healthy weight?
Helping your pet achieve a healthy weight involves a combination of balanced nutrition, portion control, and regular exercise. Our veterinary team will work with you to create a personalized weight management plan for your pet. This may include recommending a suitable diet, adjusting feeding habits, and providing exercise routines that fit your pet's individual needs. Regular checkups will allow us to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments to ensure your pet reaches and maintains their ideal weight, promoting a longer and happier life.