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Weight Management for Pets

Weight management is all about being at a healthy size. Starting from your pet’s first appointment with us, our veterinarians will document their weight and track the pounds they gain as they age. If we notice they are heavier than they should be for their breed, we create a reduction program that implements scheduled meals, specific food and behaviour training practices to help them lose weight. We do not want to feed them less – that will hurt them. We want them to eat better. To learn more call us at 403.982.8387.

How do I know if my pet is overweight?

Sometimes you will not be able to tell. They may look like they are in shape but our veterinarians have the expertise to know for sure. We know that every breed is different and we rely on statistics, their physical appearance and medically approved standards by the veterinarian community. To know for sure, consult with one of our veterinarians and take your pet in for regular check-ups.

What can go wrong if pets are overweight?

Being overweight can cause long-term damage to your pet’s health and could potentially shorten their life. Medical conditions they develop include:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Urinary bladder stones

    On the other hand, a lot can go wrong if the weight loss program we create for you is not followed. We want to help your pet gradually slim down. Extreme weight loss can lead to malnourishment and fatty liver disease.

    How can I help my pet lose weight?

    The best you can offer your chunky loved one is ongoing support and commitment to the weight loss program we designed specifically for them. This will require some discipline on your end. For example:

  • Follow instructions. The meal plan has the appropriate nutrients and calories to keep them full while they shed the extra pounds. Ignoring those guidelines could put their health at risk.
  • Resist their adorable nudges for more snacks or food from your plate
  • Be strict with the treats. Treats should only be 10% of their daily intake.
  • Get them moving. Exercise indoor and outdoors is a better reward than treats.

    Overall, the best support you can give your pet is positivity. Give them credit for the good work they’re doing and avoid treating them like they’ve done something bad. Losing weight and resisting urges is hard for everybody and it’s a lot easier when the people we love are encouraging us instead of shaming us.