Weight Management for Pets

Obesity in pets is often overlooked. Pet obesity is estimated to be over 50% in dogs and cats. An easy way to tell if your pet is at a healthy weight is to consult your veterinarian. Here at Sims Animal Hospital we can assist you with getting your pet to a healthy weight for their age and breed.

What does obesity look like in pets?

Obesity is the buildup of excess body fat. The excessive body fat translates into extra body weight. Our veterinarians measure your pet’s body weight to determine if they are obese. Pets are considered overweight when they weigh between 10-20% above their ideal body weight. They are classified as obese when they are 20% over their ideal body weight. If you have questions about your pet’s weight, please contact our team to provide an estimated ideal body weight for your pet. Schedule an appointment at 613.531.3334.

What are the risks associated with obesity in my pet?

Excessive body fat puts your pet at a higher risk for developing health issues. Obesity is known to shorten the lifespan of pets. Fat tissues can release inflammatory hormones and cause an imbalance between oxidant activity and free radical activity within your loyal companion. This stress in your pet can put them at risk for:

  1. Urinary bladder stones
  2. Cancer
  3. Heart disease
  4. Hypertension
  5. Diabetes

How can I manage my pet’s weight?

Once our team has identified that your pet is overweight, we will have a weight loss program specific to their needs. Our veterinarians consider your pet’s metabolism, lifestyle, breed and feeding schedule when creating a program for them. We believe that weight loss should include more than just dieting, we encourage exercise, caloric restriction and a specialized diet. Here are some behaviour modifications you can implement at home:

  • Limit your pet’s treats. As a form of reward you can give your pet praise and play instead of treats. Treats should only make up 10% of the daily calories your pet consumes.
  • Encourage your furry friends to exercise. Some dogs may benefit from regular walks or playing fetch. Cats enjoy hunting and stalking simulation which will make them more physically active.
  • Schedule your pet’s meal times if your lifestyle allows it. Leaving out food may cause your pets to eat more than what they need.
  • Follow the diet or special nutrition given by the veterinarian. The special diet that we create for your pet will get them to a healthy weight if followed correctly. Our veterinary health care team will recommend foods that give your pets the right nourishment and instructions on how to adjust their meals.

  • Last updated: March 18, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we wanted to keep everyone updated on our protocols. We have decided that our clinic will continue with mandatory face masks after March 21, 2022. This will be for all staff and all clients entering the clinic.

    We understand that this may not be the update that some were hoping for. Our team continues to work in close quarters, it’s imperative that we continue to take these safety measures. This will help ensure that we can operate properly and continue to provide the best medical care for your pets. It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. With our exam room size and length of time spent with you, our doctors appreciate your compliance with our face mask requirements and hope this will continue.

    As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary.

  • For medication/food pickup and payments, a maximum of 2 people are allowed in reception at one time. Upon arrival please call us at 613-531-3334.
  • Only 1 client will be allowed into the exam rooms at this time due to insufficient social distancing space
  • Face masks are mandatory when interacting with our team
  • Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital