Fitness Fur Pets Program!
We are very excited to be a partner in your pet’s journey. For the greatest chance of success most of the work will be done at home through diet and exercise: they are the gold standard for weight loss. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey in 2016, over 54% of dogs are considered overweight or obese and 59% of cats are considered overweight or obese. This means an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats are too heavy, causing complications such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, urinary conditions, and cancer. It also means you are not alone! Many owners give food or treats to show affection.
Not to worry, we have a plan! The way our program works is to use our technologically advanced nutritionally balanced diets to work with your pet’s individual metabolism to utilize the fat storage they have built up over time. Since we are using specialized diets, your pet may not be eating less in the amount of cups or calories per day, but the diet itself will be utilized by your pet’s body differently so that they use their stored fat as their energy source.
To start our program we will need a little bit of information from you. Diet history, treats, exercise routine, and weight history will all be considered when the diet recommendation is given and the customized plan is created. You will be working directly with our Veterinary Technician who will customize a plan specific to your pet and your lifestyle.
After the initial visit to assess your pet, the next steps are as simple as feed your pet and exercise your pet, two things you most likely do on a daily basis already (see, we told you it would be easy!)
We ask that on a regular basis you bring your pet in for weigh-ins: a no-charge appointment which entails your pet stepping on the scale to monitor weight loss, and ensure that your pet has not come to a standstill or gained weight. At that point the feeding amount may need to be modified to help your pet shed the extra weight. Our Veterinary Technician will be assessing your progress and making recommendations for the next step.
When your pet has reached their goal healthy weight, a final consult will be scheduled to discuss a maintenance diet, treat allotment and continuing exercise. A final weigh in 4 weeks after the diet change is recommended to ensure your pet is not gaining weight.