Obesity is a serious health problem in many of our pets. Many people make the mistake of showing love by feeding their pets too much. Eating makes them happy and when they're happy we're happy! But, the brimming food bowls, occasional treats, and table scraps can add up fast to an overweight pet. And with obesity comes extreme physical stress on all body systems making our pets more prone to disease and shortening their lifespan. Of course, as with any lifestyle change, sacrifices must be made. But, when the weight comes off our pets have a better chance of living a longer, healthier, and happier life and if we can contribute to their longevity the sacrifice is well worth it.
Is my pet overweight?
If your pet is 5-19% above its ideal weight it's considered overweight. If your pet is 20% or greater than its ideal weight it's considered obese.
Think of it this way, if your pet is 35 pounds at its ideal weight and it gains 7 pounds, it is obese. This would be comparable to a 150 pound person gaining 30 pounds!
Your pet's ideal weight will be determined at your initial visit. In general, an ideal body condition can be measured by a few criteria. One should be able to appreciate a tapering at the waist (area behind rib cage) when viewing the pet from above, and, be able to gently press the rib cage and easily feel an individual rib.
What health problems can be associated with obesity?
Congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, liver disease, arthritis, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, increased blood pressure, mammary tumors and skin disease. All of that extra weight is a constant physical stress to all the body systems.
What can I do to help my overweight pet?
It all starts with a visit to your veterinarian. A combination of appropriate diet and exercise is fundamental to any weight loss program. In addition, some dogs may have a metabolic problem brought on by too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). Whether or not a thyroid test is indicated, will be decided during your initial visit. Blood tests are used to check the thyroid level. If it is too low, thyroid supplementation will make a tremendous difference in your pet's abilit to lose weight. When diet and exercise aren't working there is an alternative to help your pet get to a healthy weight.
How does diet effect my dog’s weight loss?
Caloric intake is the most important factor in weight loss. Specially formulated food is available to help burn fat and help fight obesity. Hill’s Pet Weight Management is one of the most advanced diets for cats and dogs on the market today. Using lean ingredients, Hill’s utilizes reduced calories per serving to help pet’s lose weight while still feeling full and happy.
Satiety, or the feeling of being full, is a large component in any weight loss plan. Hill’s pet foods are designed to keep your pet from feeling hungry, helping them stay on track and meet their weight loss goals. Using high-fiber and high-protein foods, Hill’s pet foods result in greater pet diet compliance and an 80 percent increase in fat loss.
Adult Healthy Mobility®
Antioch Veterinary Hospital recommends Hill’s Adult Healthy Mobility for many of our patients. In addition to providing excellent daily nutrition, this pet food has been formulated to improve mobility and joint health, as well as bolstering your pet’s immune system, providing comprehensive benefits to the majority of pets.
Weight Loss Testimonials
I just want to say how happy I am that I decided to put my dog, Buddy on the doggie diet with Slentrol. Since he has been on Slentrol he has lost a lot of weight and has so much more energy now. I used to have to drag him around the block for our walks, but now he runs up to the house when we are done. Buddy used to eat like a Hoover vacuum. Now there are times he doesn't even finish his food, and instead he finds his ball and wants to play. He has had very bad hips since he was a puppy and I know the weight coming off has made a big difference in his ability to get up and down in the evenings. He now has an indentation where his stomach is. Before he was just a big square!! Also, his coat is soft and shiny. I think Slentrol was just what he needed to jumpstart his weight loss and help him to be a lot healthier and ease his joint pains.
Thanks so much for your help. We both appreciate it.
–Buddy & Owner
In July, while walking Riley in the park, a man stopped and told me my dog looked like a football. I laughed and thought he was referring to his little head and the fact that he didn't have a tail. Then I took notice of how much weight he had gained over the past nine months. I guess I never really took a good long look at his body since his face and his antics were always so cute.
I brought him into the Antioch Veterinary Hospital on 10th Street a few days later for his next round of vaccinations and asked if he was indeed overweight. I was told that someone had just marked on his chart to have Marie come and talk to me about his weight. At just a year old, and being a Mini Aussie, 31 pounds was just too much weight for Riley to carry around. Marie patiently educated me about how too much weight will not only make my dog miserable and suffer with painful joints and internal damage to his organs, but that it could shorten his life as well. She informed me about Slentrol and I agreed to give it a try. I have to admit I was concerned about how Riley would respond to this weight loss product.
Each night I would give Riley the dose that was prescribed by dispensing it right into his mouth with the syringe. He took it like it was a treat, excitedly wagging his bottom. (Remember, no tail!) He'd lick and just about smack his lips whenever he received his dose. He even wanted to lick the syringe! Riley never had any side effects other than not being interested in eating a rare day here or there throughout the last nine months.
Well, it is now April 2009, and Riley weighs 19 pounds. He is happy, healthy and still has the cutest antics. I'm so relieved to haven gotten a handle on his weight before it did any permanent damage. I am eternally grateful to Marie for sharing with me this weight loss product that not only was successful, but easy to dispense, readily accepted by Riley as a treat/reward, and so free of side effects.
–Riley & Owner