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Obesity in pets is very common and leads to a wide variety of health problems including decreased life span, arthritis, impairment heart and lung function, gastrointestinal issues and diabetes. The good news is that obesity is completely preventable. For those pets that are already obese, our doctors will help guide you and your pet through an effective and safe weight loss program to shed those excess pounds.
Many pet owners are unaware that their pets are overweight. Body condition scoring is the best way to determine if your pet is at his or her ideal weight. Our doctors will help you determine your pet's body condition score when your pet is being examined. If you would like to try to body condition score your pet yourself, follow the links below.
Tips for weight loss:
If you have implemented the above recommendations and your pet is still overweight, please discuss your concerns with one of our doctors. Some dogs have decreased thyroid function which prevents them from maintaining a healthy weight, and this can be easily detected and treated by your veterinarian. Other pets may need prescription weight loss food to shed those extra pounds. Whatever the cause, we will help your pet maintain a healthy weight.
Please contact our veterinarians at Animal Medical Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida (FL) at 727-896-7127 for more information.