Your pet has been recommended to go on a weight loss program by our doctors. This is not something to be embarrassed about but is something to embrace. We want your pet to live a happier and healthier life without those extra pounds. Our staff is here to help you every step along the way so that you and your pet achieve your goals. If, at any point, you feel that it is not working for you or you have questions, feel free to reach out to us.
Our website is also full of information to help you along the way. We recommend that you read these specific articles for more details:
Obesity in Dogs
Overweight, Obesity and Pain in Dogs
Walking your Dog for Weight Loss
Obesity in Cats
Overweight, Obesity and Pain in Cats
Exercising Your Cat for Weight Loss
Activities to Try and Get Your Pet Moving
Turn stairs into an aerobic machine Get your pet moving by placing a treat at the top of the stairs and have them race to get it, then place a second treat at the bottom of the stairs. If you don't have stairs, place treats at the ends of long hallways. Do this once a day.
Toys, toys, toys Try Kong balls, treat balls (treats cannot be more than 10% of daily intake), feeding mazes to get your pets exercising, frisbees, toy mice, crinkle balls, fishing pole-type toys for cats.
Jazz up basic commands Teach doggie push-ups (a fast series of sit and lay down) and doggie jumping jacks (a fast series of paws-up jumps and downs).
Cat trees offer a great place to stay, climb and hide Place a cat tree near a window looking onto a yard to keep your cat entertained for hours.
Schedule three pet playtimes each week Activities can include a friendly game of tag with your dog, a game of fetch, toy mice on the end of a string and run up and down a hallway or play laser tag with your cat.
Walk your dog every day Take a 30-minute stroll with your dog, including visits to the dog park.
Scoop or Measure? A Great Way to Help Your Pet Lose Weight
How do you really know how much you feed your dog or cat? It’s amazing how many clients, when we ask them how much they feed, are not quite sure. They all tell us how many scoops/cups they feed, but the size of the container really varies.
Not all cups are created equal.
In our test kitchen, even when measured with a measuring cup, different amounts have been noted.
What Is the Best Way to Know How Much You Are Feeding Your Pet?
Nutritionists are now recommending pet owners weigh their pet’s food. This way, you can consistently give the same amount at each and every feeding. This is especially helpful if you are trying to get your pet to lose weight, and it’s really easy to do.
Grab a scale and keep it near where you keep your pet food. Place your pet’s empty food bowl on it. Re-set the scale to zero, measure exactly how much you want with a measuring cup the first time and pour it into the bowl. This is the amount you want to feed at each meal. Now, every time you feed, you just set the bowl on, re-set to zero and add food to the set weight. Not only will your pet lose weight by always feeding the exact same amount of calories, but you will save money in the process!
You can also transition your pet to a new food.
Patient Weight Loss Slimdown Program
Please fill in this eform to enrol your pet: