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Weight Management from Our Houston Veterinarian

At Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital we take a holistic approach to pet health. We know that your pet's overall health is often tied to specific health concerns, and that especially means keeping your pet at a healthy weight. Like their human family members, many pets today are heavier than they should be. You may not even realize your pet is overweight, or what you're doing to make it that way. Our vets near Houston offer evaluation and treatment to ensure your pet is at a healthy weight.

Dog eating his controlled portion from his bowl.

Weight Management in our Veterinary Clinic

Did you know that pets with a healthy weight live almost two years longer than their overweight counterparts? During your pet's regular wellness exam at our veterinary clinic, we'll measure and weigh it to make sure it falls into the healthy weight range for its breed. Our veterinarian will also do a visual and palpable test to determine your pet's physique, checking the amount of fat over its ribs and other physical attributes. Based on these tests, our vet will determine whether your pet is at a healthy weight, and devise a plan to get your pet back into shape if it needs weight management.

Healthy Weight Practices for Pet Owners

Our veterinarians near Houston advise that you begin healthy weight practices when your pet is young. It's much easier to keep your pet at a healthy weight than to encourage weight loss at a later age. Whether you have a dog or cat, the common sense rules are the same:

  • Exercise your pet regularly, either with walks or by encouraging it with vigorous play
  • Feed your pet healthy foods in managed amounts. Don't simply fill a bowl with food and allow your pet to eat until it's full every day
  • Limit your pet's fattening snacks, but encourage the healthy ones. Instead of giving your dog cheese as a treat, substitute peeled apple slices, carrot sticks or small amounts of lean turkey meat
  • Don't feed your pet from the table, and don't allow guests or family members to do it, either.

By following these rules from the first day you get your pet, it should stay a healthy weight its entire life. It should have fewer health problems in general and enjoy a longer and happier life.

Contact Our Local Houston Veterinarian for More Information Today!

If you're unsure about a healthy weight for your dog or cat, call our animal hospital office at 281-440-4441 for an appointment. Our veterinarian near Houston will examine your pet, then consult with you afterward to teach you about good pet nutrition and the healthy habits you and your furry family member should adopt