Weight can be a sensitive subject even when it comes to your cherished companions. Your cat or dog needs to have a balanced diet to prevent them from being overweight or obese. Having extra weight will cause health problems and shorten their lifespan. Before your loyal companion becomes overweight, you should work with your veterinarian to establish a healthy diet. If your cat or dog has some extra pounds, our team can provide solutions to help them get to a healthy weight. To learn more about our weight management program, feel free to call us at 604-273-3158.
When should I be concerned about my cat or dog’s weight?
There are some telltale signs to determine if your loyal companion is overweight. By looking at your cat or dog, you can determine they are overweight; if you have to press hard to feel their ribs or if their abdomen area is wider than their shoulders, then they may need to shed a few pounds. Your veterinarian can also tell if your cat or dog is overweight by weighing them and using a body condition score chart. If you have concerns about your loyal companion’s weight, our veterinarians can provide support.
How does being overweight affect cats and dogs?
An overweight cat or dog is at risk of similar health problems that overweight humans have. Having excess fat means that their vital organs have to work harder and may sometimes even fail. An obese or overweight dog or cat is vulnerable to the following health conditions:
- Heart problems
- Kidney and liver conditions
What can I do to help my cat or dog lose weight?
An experienced veterinarian will be vital for your loyal companion’s weight management. The first step you take should be getting a veterinarian’s input as they can recommend effective methods. Your veterinarian can put your cat or dog on a prescription diet which gives them enough nutrients without the calories. At home, you play a major role in the effectiveness of your cat or dog’s weight loss. Here are some tips to assist your loyal companion to lose weight:
- Limit the daily treats you provide your pet.
- Stick to their diet which means no table scraps.
- Set meal times and avoid free feeding.