As animal lovers and pet lovers ourselves, we also can’t help but spoil our loyal companions from time to time. We give them the best toys, services and food available. With this in mind, maintaining a healthy body weight can be a challenge for pets and other types of animals. There are also some pets, such as those in their senior years, who have a tendency to be underweight. Obesity and being overweight/underweight can make dogs, cats and other pets more prone to diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory conditions and liver diseases. Our team here at Coastland can help you get your weight down or up to a healthier level.
How do I know if my cat/dog is overweight?
An assessment of your pet’s body condition, performed by a veterinarian or veterinary technician, is the best way to determine whether or not your pet is overweight. Our team will be able to determine your pet’s body condition score during an in-clinic appointment.
How can I help my cat/dog lose or gain weight?
Encouraging your pet to take part in various physical activities such as play, jumping, walking, running and doing tricks will increase their activity levels. The key is to be consistent with these lifestyle changes and make sure that your pet is rewarded with positive reinforcement. In terms of gaining weight, we can recommend specific treatment actions for your pet, depending on their specific needs.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
Dietary recommendations, a discussion of lifestyle changes and an outline of goals for weight loss and management are all covered during a consultation. Our nutritional plans vary depending on your pet and your personal routines and preferences.