Today, there are more overweight and obese pets than ever before. This upwards trend is causing serious health consequences and hindering quality of life in pets outside of the ideal weight ranges. At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we are here to help protect your pet’s complete physical health and quality of life with professional recommendations for diet and exercise.
Weight gain does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process, which can make it tricky to notice in our furry family members. This is especially true for small dogs and cats, that can be seriously affected by just a few extra pounds.
Carrying too much weight day-to-day can lead to chronic inflammation, respiratory disorders, kidney dysfunction, liver disease, metabolic and endocrine disorders, high blood pressure, orthopedic issues, dermatitis, and cancer. All of this contributes to a poorer quality of life and lesser life expectancy.
If your pet is at an ideal body weight and body condition, that’s great! Maintaining a healthy weight throughout your pet’s life is entirely possible with proper diet and exercise.
If your pet could benefit from weight loss, you’ve come to the right place. The first step is to gather information from you, such as what your pet eats, how much they eat, and how often they exercise. Based on this information, we can recommend a nutrient-rich diet, proper food portion sizes, and regular physical activity that will promote weight loss.
Be patient with your pet as they embark on their weight loss journey. The recommended weight loss regime will take time, and we may need to update our recommendations along the way as we track your pet’s progress. Stick with it, as it will do wonders for your pet’s health and quality of life!