Pet Obesity – The Series
Where to Find Help
Last week I discussed tools to help identify if our dog’s are overweight or obese.
But what’s the next step, and where do we find help once it’s been confirmed our dog or cat is overweight?
I had plenty of questions, concerns and yes, frustrations when it came to figuring out how to help my dog get back to a healthy weight.
Like many of us do, I reached out to other pet owners for answers, and yes, I googled and read articles about pet obesity hoping to find that magic cure to get my dog to loose weight and most importantly for me at the time, get my dog to STOP BEGGING FOR FOOD!
But I needed to go through the process, of “I don’t need help”, “I can figure this out on my own”, “what’s so difficult about getting my dog to loose weight”.
I don’t have a firm answer as to why it was important for me to go through this process, although stubbornness comes to mind 😉 and sometimes I can make things just plain difficult when they don’t have to be.
Once I pushed my pride aside and stopped being stubborn, and yes, maybe even a little embarrassed, I finally accepted support from the person I go to whenever my dog Edie has a health issue – my veterinarian.
Sounds simple when you think about it. If my dog is not well, my veterinarian is on speed dial and Edie is on her exam table getting checked out in a flash!
It’s easy to look back and think, why would I have not done the same when Edie needed help with her weight? An obese dog can, and if not treated, will have complications from obesity, so if I can stop a potential health issue with my dog why wouldn’t I?
What my vet did for me: My vet did not make me feel guilty, instead she worked with me to make decisions I was comfortable with. Because really, what would have been accomplished by making me feel guilty, nothing, and in my opinion, it could and most likely would have had the opposite effect by turning me away and increasing the chances of not following up to improve my dog’s health and well-being.
What my vet did for my dog: First off, eliminate any other health issues. I say “other health issues” because pet obesity in itself is a health issue. The next step for my dog was a plan that included a food to address her weight, satisfy her hunger so as to help STOP THE BEGGING, and a schedule to bring Edie in for regular weigh-in’s to monitor her weight. The weigh-in’s were an opportunity to have any questions or concerns answered, and if needed, have adjustments made to the measurement of Edie’s food.
Do you believe obesity in pets is considered a health issue that should be followed up with a veterinarian just as any other health issue?
If you have or had an overweight dog (or cat) did you seek help, if so, from whom or where?