Being overweight or obese are among the most common health issues in pets. While carrying a few extra pounds might seem harmless, it increases your pet’s risk of developing certain diseases like diabetes, hypertension, digestive problems and many others. We offer weight management services to help every pet owner keep their pet happy and healthy.
How do I know if my pet is overweight?
Each time you come to the clinic for a routine examination, a technician will take your pet’s weight and make a note in their medical record. Your vet will be able to inform you if your pet’s weight fluctuates too much.
There are also several signs that your pet may be overweight. Here are a few:
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme tiredness
- Lack of energy
- No visible waistline (you can’t feel your pet’s ribs)
- Difficulty jumping onto the couch or climbing the stairs
- Collar or harness suddenly tighter
- And more
That said, these symptoms do not automatically mean your pet is overweight. If you notice any of these signs, schedule a consultation with your vet to check whether or not your pet is actually overweight.
What do I do if my pet is overweight?
If your vet tells you that your pet is a few pounds overweight, don’t panic! Just remember that you are the only person responsible for your pet’s diet and exercise. You can help them lose a few pounds by making a few simple changes. Proper diet, portion size and exercise are the easiest things to alter in your and your pet’s routine. Talk with your vet about creating a fitness plan for your pet. Our team will work with you until your pet is back to a healthy weight.