Weight Management for Pets

Weight loss can be challenging for all body types, tail and paw in tow. Getting your pet to a healthy weight can ensure they live well into their golden years. Overweight pets have a range of health issues that could’ve been prevented with proper diet and exercise. Our team is here to help your pet achieve their weight loss goals. 

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How does the extra weight impact my pet?

When your pet is overweight, it drastically increases the likelihood that they will develop another health condition. In addition to health issues, excess weight impacts your pet’s quality of life, impacting their mobility and energy level. This limits your ability to engage your pet in activities you both love. Some health conditions your pet could develop include: 

  • Arthritis 
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart disease 
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer 

Is it hard for pets to lose weight?

The most significant adjustment you’ll need to make on your pet’s weight loss journey is their eating habits. Before your pet starts their journey, we need to rule out any health issues that could be the cause of your pet’s excess weight. For example, your pet needs to be tested for Cushing’s disease or hypothyroidism. Our veterinary team will create a weight management plan for your pet, which includes calculating the amount of calories they should have everyday. To learn more about weight management, please contact us at 403-217-0460.

Besides diet, how else can I help my pet lose weight?

The weight management plan will include details about how you can support your pet’s weight loss. We also have specialized diets you can purchase onsite. Other helpful tips for weight loss include: 

  • Switch up the location of your pet’s food bowl 
  • Avoid using treats as rewards for good behaviour 
  • Use their favourite toys to jumpstart physical activity 
  • Avoid feeding them table scraps

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