Weight Management

Keeping your cat or dog at a healthy weight is an important part of their overall health and well-being. It helps ensure a good quality of life, reduce the risks of certain illnesses and improve their life expectancy. If your pet’s weight tilts one way or the other on the scale, our veterinary team can give you tips and advice to help you manage their weight.

How can I tell if my pet is overweight?

To determine if your cat or dog is carrying too many extra pounds, you’ll first need to find out what a healthy weight looks like. This is calculated by considering many factors, like their breed, age, size and shape.
It’s not always easy to do, though. That’s why talking to your vet is the best way to get your cat or dog’s healthy weight, because they have the expertise needed to calculate it.

How can being overweight affect my pet?

A weight problem can cause many health issues, including reduced quality of life, a weakened immune system, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, liver problems, high blood pressure, heart disease and osteoarthritis.

How can I help my pet lose weight?

If your pet is overweight, the best thing to do is to contact your vet. At Hôpital vétérinaire des Trois-Lacs, we can help you develop a weight loss plan that will ensure your pet gets a balanced diet that gives them all the nutrients they need and still allows them to shed those extra pounds. This plan will include:

  • Weight-loss goals
  • A possible change in diet and food that will reduce the number of calories while giving them all the nutrition they need
  • Daily intake to stay within
  • Pet food toys to include in their routine that will help them burn energy and control how fast they eat
  • Close monitoring of their weight

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