Weight management is a program designed to help your pet maintain a healthy weight. Obese pets tend to have a shorter lifespan and are more likely to develop preventable illnesses that impact their quality of life. Though embarking on a weight loss journey for your pet can seem daunting, we'll support you at every step to help your pet live healthier.
What is a healthy weight?
Even a few extra pounds can be the difference between your pet developing health issues. Obese pets are more likely to be diagnosed with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. In addition, the extra weight makes pets lethargic and less playful. This means less time interacting with family and enjoying quality time together. We'll determine their ideal weight based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and metrics. This will inform their weight management plan, including weight loss strategies such as introducing reduced-calorie diets to keep them feeling full. To determine if your pet is at a healthy weight, call us at 604-427-2744.
What should my pet’s weight loss journey start with?
Caloric intake is a major component of your pet’s weight loss. Your pet’s weight management plan will include adjustments to their daily calorie intake, which promotes weight loss. Throughout this process, we’ll follow up to ensure your pet stays on track, making any necessary adjustments. Be patient with your pet as they transition from their typical diet to the guidelines outlined by the weight management plan. In addition to your pet’s diet, lifestyle changes we recommend include:
- Keeping an exercise routine
- Maintaining proper feeding schedule
- Using your pet’s favourite toys for physical activity
- Avoid feeding your pet scraps