The Scales Don’t Lie
Weight Loss Management in Pets
Some may consider pet nutrition, pet weight loss and pet weight management a boring topic but I find it fascinating.
Until 2 years ago pet nutrition, weight loss and weight management, was a topic I never gave much thought about until Edie was one of the statistics. Extra weight on our pet creates numerous health issues, more than just an elevated number on a scale.
The majority attending the Weight Management Symposium were veterinarians and vet technicians gaining knowledge about the topic of weight management and weight loss in pets.
Dr. Alex German and Dr. Ernie Ward discussed why the topic of healthy weight in pets is an important part of veterinarian care and what is the best way for veterinarians to approach and discuss the topic of weight loss with pet parents like myself.
It was unanimous that all the vet’s and technicians want the same thing pet parents do – a healthy pet.
I am not here to preach about overweight pets, or tell you because Edie lost weight your pet should too. It’s a personal decision, a decision that has to be right for you and your pet. Speaking from my own personal experience of getting a pet to loose weight, I know that it is a process that is definitely challenging for both pet and pet parent. What made the journey easier for me and Edie was having the assistance of a vet’s knowledge and assistance along the way.
When Edie started packing on the weight my vet approached the subject that “Edie needed to lose weight” and suggested a food that could help her do this. Although I knew deep down inside that Edie was getting heavy I didn’t do anything about it – right away.
Why? I thought I could manage it on my own by feed Edie less, maybe increase her exercise, give her green beans and carrots in-between meals to keep her fuller and stop the begging.
Did it work?
I could no longer deny that Edie was most definitely overweight and what I thought would work didn’t work. More importantly I needed help to get her hunger issues and weight under control and it was then that I reached out to my vet for help and took their suggestions as to what direction was the right one for Edie.
I’m interested in knowing if you are going through a similar situation with your pet? If so, how are you managing it? How is your pet managing it?
I’ve shared and documented my experiences of Edie’s weight loss by blogging about it and I would like to hear what other pet parents (dog/cat) are going through.
My questions to you are:
- Has your vet approached you about your pet needing to loose weight?
- How did they approach you on the subject of weight loss?
- Could they have done it differently – if so, how?
- What was your reaction to being told you pet needed to loose weight?
- Did you agree with their weight loss recommendations?
- Did you follow-up on the vets recommendations?
- Has your pet had weight loss success?
Disclosure: All opinions in this post are my own. I am not, nor do I suggest that I am an expert in pet weight loss. I speak from my own personal experience with my dog Edie and the positive results she has obtained since losing weight. It was at the suggestion of my vet and what they felt was the right choice for Edie, she was placed on Royal Canin Satiety Support Small Dog (dry) and Satiety Support wet to help her achieve a healthy weight loss.