A little ham here, an extra treat there… Little treats are some of the ways we show our furry friends that we love them. Unfortunately, these extra calories mean extra pounds for your cat or dog. Being overweight can put your pet at risk for health problems like diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Our pets trust us to make the right decisions and keep them at a healthy weight.
How can I tell if my pet is overweight?
It’s sometimes hard to know whether your cat or dog has gained weight. These two factors indicate a healthy weight:
- You can feel your pet’s ribs (but not see them).
- You can see an indentation near their midsection.
If you can’t feel your dog’s or cat’s ribs or can’t see an indentation, they are likely overweight. You might also notice other symptoms like shortness of breath, skin problems, a dip in energy or trouble getting around. Consult our team if you notice these signs—don’t wait!
How do I choose the right food for my pet?
There are so many kinds of pet food on the market. Our staff can help you sift through the options and find a pet food that meets your pet’s individual needs. We may recommend a special diet if your pet has allergies, is overweight or has joint or urinary problems. We can also help you establish a healthy portion size that still gives your pet all the nutrients they need and maintains a healthy weight.
How can I help my pet lose weight?
You should keep in mind that your pet’s weight depends on you. Your cat or dog will only be able to lose weight with your help, which can mean decreasing the amount of food they eat, changing the type of food and doing more intense exercises, more frequently. You can also give your pet a mental workout so they have to expend energy to get their meal. Our team can offer you personalized advice that will work with your lifestyle and your pet’s needs.