Weight Management for Pets
Your pet’s weight helps us understand their overall health and sometimes is an indication of underlying issues. Discussing your pet’s weight allows our team to find ways to support you, especially if it is affecting their health. Though there is nothing wrong with wanting your pets to eat well, it is important to consider the ways obesity can affect their lives long term, such as effects on joints leading to arthritis. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s weight, our team is here to formulate a plan to address your concerns.
Why do you check my pet’s weight whenever they visit?
Just like when you visit the doctor’s office, we keep track of your pet’s weight every time they visit to have the most up-to-date information. Their weight affects the dosage of preventives, medication, and anesthetic they receive. Having accurate weight measurements also helps us to detect health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, and some diseases.
What is weight management for pets?
Weight management is a strategy our nutritionist and veterinarians create to meet your pet’s individual needs. Our goal is to get your pet to a healthy weight, based on their age, breed, and other lifestyle factors. These strategies might include revising their daily calorie intake, the types of food they eat, and physical activity. You are the best person to support your pet’s health by working with our team to implement these strategies. Please schedule an appointment at 604-824-5848 with our team to address any of your pet’s weight concerns.
How does being overweight affect my pet?
Research shows obese pets live shorter lives. Obesity is also linked to health concerns like diabetes, cancer, skin diseases, fatty liver disease, and heart disease. Obesity affects a pets’ quality of life because it impacts their overall health, energy levels, and their ability to live long, happy lives.
My pet does not look obese. How do I know they are overweight?
The best way to know if your pet is overweight is by consulting with our team.