Weight management is more than a weight loss regimen or special diet. Based on our expertise, our veterinary team provides recommendations on ways to alter your pet's lifestyle to support weight loss and improve their overall quality of life. To learn more about weight management, please contact us at 519-941-2275.
What is weight management?
Weight management involves a combination of strategies to help your pet attain a healthy weight according to their metrics, age, lifestyle, and overall health. Food can be a love language for many pets and their owners. However, it's important to alter your pet's perception of food as fuel rather than an indulgence. The additional weight doesn't only impact your pet's physical appearance but their overall health. Pets who are obese are at a higher risk of developing the following:
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory disease
What factors affect my pet's weight management plan?
Each pet's weight management plan is reflective of their personal needs. Our team will develop a weight loss plan that ensures your pet is losing weight at a steady and healthy rate. Losing weight too quickly puts your pet at risk for health complications. We'll structure a plan around their health status, breed and lifestyle, with regular checkups to ensure it's working effectively.
Can I still feed my pet treats?
There's nothing wrong with feeding your pet treats as long as they don't exceed 10% of their daily caloric intake. Treats shouldn't be used as a reward for behaviour. It's important to break this association for your pet and only provide treats occasionally. Healthier treats you can incorporate into your pet's diet includes apples, carrots, watermelon, strawberries, and broccoli.