Weight Management

Weight Management

How Can I tell if my pet is overweight?

  • If you can’t easily feel your dog’s last two ribs and shoulder blades, if their waist is not discernable (a tuck behind the ribs), or if there’s a roll of fat at the base of her tail, it’s time to put your dog on a diet.
  • For cats, you should be able to feel their ribs but not see them. They should also have a nice taper at their waist (between the abdomen and where the hips go into the socket). Overweight cats will be egg shaped instead of hourglass shaped.

My pet is overweight, should I be feeding a prescription or high fiber diet?

  • High Fiber diets are sometimes encouraged as weight management tools, but these foods contain an unnecessary amount of fiber that dogs and cats don’t need and don’t satiate them. Wild canines and felines have no physiologic requirement for the plant fibers used in most processed pet food. A wild dog or cat’s fiber intake is less than 5% in most cases.
  • Most prescription weight-loss diets are high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and low in protein, a combination that makes it difficult to lose weight and is the opposite of what they should be fed.

How can I help my pet lose weight?

  • The first thing to remember is dogs and cats are carnivores and they require meat. Processed foods contain carbohydrates that our pets don’t need. Make sure you are feeding your pet a species appropriate diet like Stella & Chewy’s, Primal or Steve’s Real Food raw food. The ideal weight-loss diet is high in protein and moisture, and low in carbohydrates.
  • Cut down on treats or try breaking their favorite treats in half. You can also supplement with low calorie treats such as carrots or green beans. With any food you feed, ensure that you are feeding the right amount. To prevent over feeding, measure your pet’s food and have them on a feeding schedule. Do not allow them to graze.
  • And last but not least, exercise them through play! This can be done by long walks or runs, swimming and playing with toys.




* This page is for basic technical information only. We encourage you to continue your own research on these subjects.

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