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Overweight Pets

Is my Pet Overweight?
Over 50% of the pets out there are overweight. Obesity in cats and dogs is a very serious health concern. It can lead to many health issues and can shorten the life of your pet.

Why is my Pet Overweight?
There are medical conditions that can cause weight gain in our pets. These conditions should be tested for and treated before starting any weight loss plan. An animal becomes overweight because they are eating more calories then they are using. These extra calories are stored as fat. We tend to look at our pet’s food dish intake, but we often forget that treats and “people food” also contribute to our pets overall calorie intake. A few extra calories each day can add up quickly.

What can I do as a pet owner?
Prevention is the best medicine. Watching your pets diet and regular exercise are key steps to preventing weight gain. It is easier to keep the weight off than it is to lose the extra weight once its there!

If you do have a pet that is overweight, a visit to your veterinarian to make sure there aren’t any medical reasons for the weight gain is the first step. An effective weight loss program for your pet should include proper diet, cutting out treats (or at least switching to low-calorie ones), and regular exercise throughout the day.

Weight loss is about 60% diet and 40% exercise. Most pets will be able to lose extra weight if you are consistent with their weight loss plan.

Call us to set up a safe and effective weight loss program for your pet today!

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Last updated: July 9, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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- Sunday: CLOSED

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital