Weight Management for Pets
Many pet owners aren’t aware that their pets are overweight. Obesity in pets has increased to more than 50%. When your furry friend is overweight they are more likely to experience health conditions. At Manzini Animal Hospital, we pay special attention to the weight of our patients and create plans to keep them on the healthy side. Our weight management plans focus on creating a healthy lifestyle that your pet will be able to maintain.
What health issues may affect my overweight pet?
Overweight pets often suffer from various health issues as their organs work even harder to function. We regularly see obese pets suffering from:
All of these health issues can greatly impact your furry friend’s quality of life and even their lifespan. This is why it is important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian. To schedule an appointment for your pet, call us at 250.724.4444.
How can I help control my pet’s weight?
Before you explore any diets on your own, you should consult with your veterinarian. A trained nutritionist can help you determine a healthy weight for your pet and how to safely achieve it. We consider your pet’s breed and age to determine if they are overweight. To help your pet get to a healthy weight we encourage practices to follow throughout their lives. The plan doesn’t stop when your pet loses weight, it should continue for the rest of their lives until a veterinarian creates a new weight management plan. To foster this lifestyle we may recommend:
1. Scheduling meals. This creates a routine for your pet where they eat only when they are hungry. If you always leave food out for your pet they will eat all of it even when they are full.
2. Encourage playtime/exercise. When your pets are active they burn more fat.
3. Special diet/nutrition. We may remove or reduce certain foods from your pet’s diet. Special nutrition may also introduce foods that give your pet the right nutrients but with less calories.