Start the new year with a weight consult at THRIVE

As we kick off the new year, now is the perfect time to assess your pet’s weight and plan for a healthier 2021! Keeping your pet at their optimal weight is key for a healthy, active life. Did you know an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were classified as overweight or obese? Simple changes to your pet’s lifestyle and diet can change the numbers on the scale.

Why is Weight Management Important?

Even a fraction of extra weight, up to 20%, can have a major impact on your pet’s health and increase their risk of developing severe health complications. These conditions range from high blood pressure and diabetes, to respiratory disorders and joint problems, like osteoarthritis. If you are concerned about your pet’s health, be sure to check out THRIVE’s video on the importance of weight management.

Weight Management Best Practices

Simple changes in your pet’s day to day life can make it easier to manage their weight and keep them healthy year after year.

  • Walking, running, swimming – whatever it is that keeps you moving, include your pet too! Staying active with your pet is one of the ideal ways to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Just like you watch what  you eat when you need to drop a few pounds, your pet is the same! Consult with your THRIVE veterinarian for nutritional recommendations to ensure your pet is eating the food best for them and their life stage.
  • A trip to the vet may be in order if you see a sudden change in your pet’s weight. Diet and exercise are always key factors to your pet’s weight, but there may be other reasons for fluctuations. Your pet’s weight can be impacted by underlying medical conditions, like hypothyroidism. A visit with your vet can give you the full picture to understand your pet’s health. 

Kick off the new year with your pet’s health in mind and schedule a weight consult at your local THRIVE.