A few extra pounds may seem harmless enough, but over time, excess weight can lead to a plethora of health issues for your pet. With so much information out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out the right way to get your pet to a healthier weight. Fortunately, we are here to cut through the noise. For more specifics on our weight management services, give us a call at 905-438-0664.
How can I tell if my pet is overweight?
The best way to know for sure is through a consultation with our team. However, some early signs of a pet tipping the scales are:
- Lack of definition between their waist and hips (waist should be of a lesser width)
- A thick layer of fat covering their ribs (you should be able to feel the lowermost row of their ribs without too much effort)
- Easily fatigued after physical activity
- Their belly hangs low between their ribs and hind legs (it should be tucked up)
What happens during a weight management consultation?
You will have a private conversation with the vet about any concerns or goals you have for your pet. The vet will ask you questions about your pet’s energy levels, diet, exercise and other factors related to their weight. Then, a visual check will be done to measure/weigh your pet and look for any further causes of concern. After that, a personalized plan will be created to help your pet reach a healthier weight. This can include recommendations on food, portion control, feeding style, exercise, supplements and more.