Like with us people, your pet’s weight is often a good indicator of their overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, veterinary teams like ours here at Cobequid Animal Hospital have seen an increase in overweight pets over the past few years. If you think your pet’s weight is having a negative effect on their health, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (902) 865-8110 so we can help get your pet to a healthier size.
How can I tell if my pet is overweight?
With pets, it is a bit trickier to tell if they are overweight. Some breeds of cats for example are naturally on the heavier side (e.g. ragamuffins) and are more prone to being overweight. Other breeds on the other hand are naturally very thin, with a gaunt appearance (e.g. sphinx). A good rule of thumb is your pet’s chest should be wider than their abdomen area, if they wheeze while breathing, if they play less often than they used to, or if they are easily winded after minimal activity – it may be time to book an appointment with our team.
What should I do if my pet is overweight?
If you suspect your pet is overweight, we suggest you reach out to us and schedule a consultation with your veterinarian. This way, we can get to the root of any problems that may be at hand. Your may pet may be gaining weight not just because they are eating too many treats or are not getting enough exercise. Weight gain can actually be a symptom of a few health conditions. Your best bet for getting the right action plan for your furry friend is by speaking with us.
What happens during a weight management consultation?
During your pet’s weight management consultation, your veterinarian will ask you a series of questions to get an idea of your pet’s specific situation and challenges. Their temperature, weight, measurements along with other diagnostics may also be taken.