Overweight pets are more common than we think. It’s difficult to tell, just by looking at your furry friend, if they have a few extra pounds. Extra weight not only increases the risk of a range of health issues but can also shorten your pet’s lifespan. Weight management allows us to create an individualized plan to support their unique needs.
How does extra weight affect my pet’s health?
Obesity is connected to a range of health issues. The more extra weight on your pet’s body, the more difficult it is for vital organs and systems to perform optimally. This makes them more susceptible to health issues, which shorten their lifespan. A few health issues your pet could develop include:
- Heart disease
- Urinary bladder stones
What happens after you determine my pet is obese?
Our veterinary team uses a variety of metrics to determine if your pet is obese, including determining their weight based on what’s ideal for their age, breed and lifestyle. Next, we’ll decide which weight management strategies will be the most effective to help your furry friend reach their ideal weight. Weight management is more than achieving a specific number on the scale. It is an opportunity to integrate better lifestyle choices, like regular exercise and better portions, into your pet’s daily regimen. You are your pet’s best support in helping them lose weight. The more closely you follow the weight management plan the more effective it will be. If you’re interested in learning more about weight management, please contact us at 705-522-4555.