It's easy to overfeed your pet but it's not so easy to help them lose weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many pet owners aren't aware that each pet has an ideal body weight according to their breed and size. What you think may be a little bit of fat on their body may actually be the catalyst of many potential health issues as a result of obesity. To discuss your pet's weight, contact us at 416-444-7387.
What happens when my pet is overweight?
Excess weight makes it easier for your pet to develop certain issues and obesity is not a laughing matter. Their organs struggle to function and joints are trying to support more weight. Some of the common disorders associated with obesity include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Osteoarthritis and faster degeneration of affected joints
- High blood pressure
- Many types of cancer
How can I support my pet with their weight loss?
The first step to managing your pet's weight is to consult a veterinarian. They can tailor a specific weight management program for your pet and ensure they lose weight in a healthy manner without lacking any vital nutrients. The weight loss plan may include:
- Nutritious foods
- Feeding schedules
- Managing portion sizes
- Reducing or removing high caloric foods and treats