Obesity is a growing concern in our pet population. Just as with people, overweight pets are at an increased risk for a number of health problems including:

• Insulin resistance, type II diabetes
• Osteoarthritis
• Cranial cruciate ligament injury
• Increased blood pressure (leading to heart disease)
• Increased anesthetic/surgical risk
• Decreased immune function
• Possible increased risk of cancer
• Decreased quality of life
• Decreased life expectancy

If you think your cat or dog has some weight issues, we would love to help you help them shed those extra pounds! We have created “Pet Fit!” a weight loss program for our furred friends that will provide you with valuable information about your pet’s dietary needs, exercise ideas, food and treat choices and offers you direct support through regular check-ins, weight monitoring and advice. With a small commitment of time and energy you can absolutely improve your pets quality of life, and will likely also extend their lifespan!

Sudden weight gain in pets can be the result of an underlying health problem, such as endocrine disease. If weight gain is accompanied by other clinical signs such as a change in eating or drinking habits, decreasing energy, changes in skin or hair coat etc., consider having a routine checkup to rule out underlying health problems before starting your pet on a weight loss program.

If you are interested in joining the Pet Fit program please call to book a consultation.

Resources on pet weight loss:

Veterinary Partner article on “Obesity”:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=3082

Body condition scoring:
http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/body-condition-scoring-chart