Veterinary Weight Management

in Addison, Texas

Did you know obesity is one of the most common chronic illnesses in cats and dogs? It can be hard to resist offering an extra treat or two, but those extra pounds can quickly sneak up, posing a long-term risk to your furry friend’s health. Isla Veterinary Boutique Hospital offers weight management programs and nutritional guidance to help your pet achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Our goal is to ensure your fur baby enjoys a long, healthy, and vibrant life.

What Are the Health Implications of Pet Obesity

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese. Pet obesity often results from a sedentary lifestyle, pet owners who don’t have time to exercise their furry companions, overfeeding, or inappropriate diets. Being under or overweight can also result from thyroid issues, diabetes, cancers, or other health conditions.

Excess weight is a serious concern, increasing the risk of a host of health concerns, including the following:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Respiratory distress
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Ligament injury
  • Kidney disease

What Are Signs of Pet Obesity?

Visible signs of pet obesity may include lack of waist definition, noticeable fat pads, and ribs well hidden under layers of fat. An overweight pet may have difficulty moving, may be reluctant to play, or may struggle with physical activities.

Being overweight can also cause joint problems, difficulty moving, or waddling. Your furry companion may find it difficult to jump on furniture or climb up the stairs. Overweight pets, especially cats, may find it challenging to groom hard-to-reach areas.

If you suspect that your pet may be overweight, make sure to schedule a consultation. Dr. Josh will determine your furry friend’s body condition score (BCS), which is a tool veterinarians use to evaluate whether a cat or dog is underweight, overweight, or at an ideal body weight.

What Does Weight Management Involve?

At Isla Veterinary Boutique Hospital, we recommend yearly blood work for adult dogs and cats to uncover any underlying health concerns. Senior pets or patients with chronic health conditions may require twice-yearly or even more frequent visits and tests to monitor health concerns.

Just like humans, pets require the right balance of nutrition and exercise to maintain a healthy weight. From curious kittens to energetic puppies, active adults, or senior pets, it’s important to consider your furry friend's unique needs when creating a tailored weight management plan.

Your pet’s individualized weight loss program may involve a special diet low in calories but rich in necessary nutrients. We will work with you to determine the ideal food type, portion, and feeding schedule to help manage your pet’s weight. We may also recommend an exercise routine to help burn excess calories and keep your pet mentally and physically fit.

Weight Management Near Me in Addison, Texas

Whether your pet needs to lose weight or gain a pound or two, Dr. Josh and our team at Isla Veterinary Boutique Hospital are here to provide support and guidance. Contact our office to request a weight management consultation, and together, we can help your furry family member live a healthier, more fulfilling life. We invite you to call us at (972) 738-1111 or request an appointment online today!

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