VCA Herndon-Reston Animal Hospital

Weight Management Program

Pet obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems seen in dogs today.  As with people, obesity can lead to a variety of diseases, disorders and other complications in pets.  We can help you learn how to manage your dog's weight, start a weight loss plan for your dog, and prevent weight gain in the first place.

There are many reasons a pet can become overweight.  The obvious culprits are improper diet and lack of sufficient exercise.  Feeding your pet "people food" and an overabundance of treats are the most common causes of weight gain.  A pet recovering from an illness or injury is usually required to remain sedentary and is therefore at risk for weight gain.  It is also important to know that weight gain may actually be a symptom of some hormonal disorders, such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's syndrome.  Finally, genetic predisposition is a big factor. 

Animal obesity is dangerous because it can lead to a great number of health problems.  It may also adversely affect an existing health issue.  The following diseases and disorders may be caused or exacerbated by obesity:

•Cardiac disease
•Diabetes Mellitus
•Hypertension (high blood pressure)
•Orthopedic injuries (such as cruciate ligament rupture or patellar luxation)
•Respiratory disorders
•Various forms of cancer

Ask your veterinarian to check your pet's Body Condition Score and see if your pet is at its target weight.  We can guide you through a weight loss or weight gain plan and provide a nutritionally appropriate food to help your pet.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.