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Weight Management

Weight management is a helpful tool to regulate your pet’s weight. Overweight pets might have a range of health issues that ultimately shorten their lifespan. The best way to tell if your pet is overweight is by scheduling an appointment with our veterinary team since obese pets are common and sometimes hard to distinguish between. Our expert veterinarians are here to provide insight into adjustments you can make to ensure your pet lives as long a life as possible.

What can I expect during a weight management appointment?

First, we’ll evaluate your pet’s metrics to decide a healthy weight for them. We’ll develop a weight management plan specific to your pet’s needs, based on factors such as age, breed, activity level and lifestyle. Weight management isn’t only about losing weight but creating lifelong habits that will ensure your pet maintains a good quality of life. One of the biggest ways we support you is by providing tools like food guidelines for the types of food to support their nutrition.

How much food is too much?

The amount of food you feed your pet should be dependent on their size, age, activity level, breed and general health. Try not to feed your pet according to their cravings. Generally, we recommend feeding your pet at least twice a day. Our veterinary team will help you calculate how much food your pet needs based on what their calorie intake should be.

What are healthy practices I can incorporate?

You are your pet’s greatest asset in their weight management. This means integrating as many good practices you can at home, including:

  • Reinforce good behaviour by praising them and giving them extra outdoor time
  • Limit treats to less than 10 percent of your pet’s diet
  • Avoid feeding your pet table scraps
  • Ensure your pet stays active by incorporating regular physical activity
  • Restrict your pet’s access to food, outside of mealtimes