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:
•Hypertension (high blood pressure)
•Orthopedic injuries (such as cruciate ligament rupture or patellar luxation)
•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.