Weight Management for Pets
Maintaining a healthy weight promotes longevity and a better quality of life in your pet. Sadly, obesity is very common in cherished animals. Being overweight can cause and contribute to many preventable health conditions. It’s not always easy to tell your pet is overweight which is why a veterinary consultation is important. By taking your pet for a checkup once every year, it’s easier to prevent obesity and monitor the condition of their body.
What happens when my pet is overweight?
When your pet is overweight they struggle to function as they should. As their body stores more fat they may develop arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and even cancer.
How can I control my pet’s weight?
The first step in controlling your pet’s weight is to have a veterinarian examine them and follow their recommendations. Controlling your pet’s weight on your own can result in them losing weight too fast or becoming malnourished. Our veterinarians will determine what is the ideal weight for your pet based on their age and breed. From there we may recommend that you:
1. Schedule their meal times. Never leave food out as pets will eat it all if it’s there.
2. Follow a special diet. We can create a diet that doesn’t reduce the nutrients they get but has less calories.
3. Exercise daily. This could be taking them out for a stroll or having regular playtime.
To speak with our veterinarians on how you can control your pet’s weight please call 403.936.4571.
Can I feed my pet human food?
It is not recommended that you feed your pets human foods without first consulting with your veterinarian. Some of the foods humans eat can cause allergic reactions or pose health risks to your furry friends. If you do decide to give them a small bite, please ask your veterinarian during your pet’s nutritional consult. There are some foods that you should completely avoid:
5. Apple seeds