Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
Obesity - Should I be concerned?
Obesity is as much of a problem for our pets these days as it is for us. It can lead to serious health problems that reduce both your companion's quality of life and his/her life span. Appropriate weight monitoring is a very important part of maintaining your pet's good health. Just as for people, being overweight increases the likelihood of joint problems, diabetes and liver problems. No matter how young or old your pet is, it is never too early or too late to get control of his/her weight. Regular exercise, calorie control and veterinary examinations are keys to fighting weight problems.
Your veterinarian can help you identify a weight problem in your pet and then make a recommendation for control. Veterinary prescription diets are very useful for calorie restriction (less than 270 Kcal/cup), while also controlling your pet's hunger. Ask your veterinarian which food is appropriate for your pet's condition. Remember too that other diseases such as hypothyroid and cushing's disease can also cause your pet to be overweight, so veterinary consultation can be a very important part of your pets weight management.
Finally, routinely monitoring of any pet that is on a weight control diet is important. Monthly weight checks will help ensure that your pet is losing enough weight, but not too much. Once your pet has reached his/her target weight, your veterinarian can then help you select a food nutritionally appropriate for your companion in order to maintain the weight long term.