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Weight Loss and your pet - Tsawwassen Animal Hospital

Weight Loss and your pet

Helping Your Pet Achieve Success with weight loss

Obesity

Obesity is an accumulation of excessive fat tissue in the body resulted from either excessive dietary intake inadequate energy utilization.  Factors that predispose an animal to obesity are:

  •  Genetics
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Energy Content of Diet
  • Over feeding

Pets considered overweight are approximately 10-19% over their ideal adult weight and obese animals are greater than 20% over ideal adult body weight.

Overweight Pets are at higher risk for:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma
  • Anesthetic Risk

When trying to achieve weight loss for your pet it is important to put your pet on a properly balanced weight loss diet versus lowering caloric intake of the current diet.  By just lowering the amount of food being fed it will decrease other important nutrients, vitamins and minerals required for a healthy lifestyle.  By feeding a proper weight loss diet, your pet will obtain proper nutrients and the diet will contain proper ingredients to achieve and manage weight loss.

Important factors when looking for a Weight Loss Food:

Low Calorie

  • It is important that the caloric count of the food is between 220-280 k/cal cup.

Insoluble/Soluble Fiber

  • adds bulk to the food without adding calories
  • dilutes calories
  • improved palatability
  • sense of satiety

L-Carnitine

  • aids with fat metabolism
  • builds lean muscle mass

Lysine

  • Maintain lean muscle mass

Balanced Proteins

  • Protein levels  between 30-45% help to preserve lean muscle mass

 

It is important to consult with your veterinarian to choose the appropriate weight loss diet that will best suit the needs of your pet.

 


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