Pet Weight Problems
Our pets are subject to the same health conditions that we struggle with. Unfortunately obesity levels in cats and dogs are on the rise. As in humans, over weight in pets is associated with numerous health conditions and can have a significant impact on your pet’s quality of life.
Fortunately, the Ark recognises this growing problem. Let us help your pet get your pet back into shape so they can enjoy a long and happy life. We developed a specialised weight loss program so we can transform your dog’s or cat’s life to one of health, vitality and play.
On this page:
- Conditions associated with obesity in pets
- How to tell if your pet is overweight
- The Ark’s weight loss program
- What the program involves
- How will the program help my pet?
The Ark weight loss program
Maintaining weight loss for your pet’s can be difficult. Puppy dog and kitten eyes can be so hard to resist! To help you get started in helping your pet, the Ark has established a new weight loss program for both cats and dogs. We tailor this program to your pet to help them achieve weight loss success.
Professional weight management for your pet is more likely to be effective and long term. As a results less future medical conditions, and less vet trips overall for you and your pet. Contact the Ark today and arrange an initial consultation. So we will weigh your pet and get them started on a journey to improve their overall health and quality of life.
What is involved in the Ark weight loss program
During the initial session we will determine an ideal weight range for your pet based on their age, size and breed. By taking notes on your pet’s diet and lifestyle, we will be able to tailor a program to reduce their food intake and increase their activity in a way that suits both your pet, you and your family. We take measurements and photos of your pet to help us track their progress, and discuss strategies that may help your pet achieve their goals.
You will be provided with a progress tracker, a nuritional plan and an exercise plan that are tailored to your pet. Fortnightly visits will enable us to monitor your pet’s weight and check in with you to provide you with support and keep your pet on track. This is a great time to discuss any of your concerns or ask any questions to our staff who are trained in nutrition and healthy weight loss in pets. You will also gain access to a wealth of information in terms of pet nutrition, health as well as rewards for your pet when they achieve their goals!
How will the weight loss program help my pet?
- Reduce their risk of obesity related health concerns
- Reduce joint pain and stiffness
- Increase your pet’s energy and vitality
- Lower your pet’s blood pressure
- Increase the quality of your pet’s coat and skin
- Improve your pet’s immune function so they fall sick less often
- Ensure your furry friend is happy, healthy and a part of the family for as long as possible!
Why the weight loss program?
It becomes clear why it is important for you and your pet to be treated professionally for ver weight. By managing their weight it will mean less visits to the vet, and a more comfortable and longer life for your animal.
How do I know if my pet has a weight problem?
These charts can be useful as a visual guide to determine where your pet sits within their healthy weight range, but we’ve also put together a series of questions that can help. If you answer yes to any of these questions below, we recommend that you talk to one of our trained veterinary staff for a professional assessment of your pet’s weight and nutritional condition.
- Do you have trouble seeing your pet’s waist or feeling their ribs?
- Is your pet particularly partial to eating table scraps or leftovers?
- Does your pet tire easily with activity or seem reluctant to exercise?
- Does your pet have a waddling gait?
- Have you had to regularly loosen your pet’s collar in the past year?
Conditions associated with over weight in pets
If your pet is overweight or obese, their risk of being affected by a range of different health conditions increases. These conditions all reduce your pet’s quality of life. Some can have serious consequences, requiring heavy medication and can be life-threatening. By losing a few kilos and returning to a healthy weight, the impact of many of these conditions can be significantly reduced.
This is caused by a build-up of plaque in your pet’s arteries and fatty deposits around their heart. As a consequence, their blood pressure increases and they are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
If your pet is carrying around more weight than they should, it puts more pressure on their joints. An increase in wear-and-tear causes pain when moving. This can then act as another barrier to weight loss, as increasing exercise can be painful for your pet. By losing weight, there will be less pressure on your pet’s joints, and they will be able to live free of pain, and not have to rely on medication.
Overweight pets are at a much higher risk of experiencing complications during anaethesia and surgery. Weight loss can reduce this risk again.
Pancreatic and liver disease
Being overweight puts pressure on your pet’s pancreas and liver, causing damage as well as organ failure. Pancreatic failure occurs when the pancreas wears out. Causing uncontrolled blood glucose and diabetes, which requires life long treatment.
Obese or overweight pets are at a higher risk of developing many different cancer types, and so maintaining a healthy weight protects them from this.
FAQ’s about weight loss
We published a great blog post which provides further information of causes of pet obesity, its consequences as well as some tips and tricks to get started in establishing a healthy lifestyle for your pet. Read it our blog.