Canine Weight Management
It is estimated 45% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, which means about 35 million dogs have a problem with their weight. Many pet owners are unaware when their pet has this problem.
A 15 pound dog gaining 3 pounds is equivalent to a 150 pound person gaining 30 pounds! Even a few pounds gained are very significant!
Problems associated with obesity include:
- Joint Problems
- Exercise Intolerance
- Heart Problems
- Hip Dysplasia
- Increased Anesthetic Risk
- Slow Wound Healing
Take a look at the Body Condition System below. If your dog is not in the ideal range your pet could have an issue with weight.
During our comprehensive physical examination, we will evaluate your pet's body condition using the standardized body condition system. Any pet over the ideal weight is a candidate for weight loss intervention.
Pet owners need to be willing to actively participate in this endeavor. Ultimately it is the pet owner's responsibility to feed and exercise their pet!
To ensure the overall well being and good health of your pet, before beginning a weight loss program, we may need to rule out certain diseases with blood work and a urinalysis.
Next, you will be provided feeding guidelines for your pet. You will be informed exactly how much of a particular type of food your pet should be consuming every day. We will also recommend ways to increase the activity level of your pet.
It is important to remember the trick to weight loss is to eat less and move more!
Finally, we will continue to follow up with your pet's weight loss by having weigh-ins so we can celebrate your pet's success!
We are very serious about improving the health and well being of overweight and obese pets here at Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic. If you believe your pet is not in ideal range, schedule an appointment today and we can help your pet live a longer, happier, and healthier life!