Jut as in people, weight gain is often associated with excessive calorie and fat intake combined with a lack of exercise. Obesity can lead to such serious conditions as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and others.

To help your pet drop extra pounds, we recommend a low fat diet, a food that is significantly lower in fat than even the “light” foods.

We also recommend R/D, which is available at the hospital. It is the lowest fat commercial food. Your pet will feel full after eating due to increased fiber and will give him a shiny coat and healthy skin.

Exercise is an extremely important part of weight control for both people and pets. Walks and jogs will allow quality time with your pet. If your pet has any medical problems that may limit the tolerance of exercise, please consult one of our doctors first.

Exercise should always be started gradually and should be regular (at least four times a week). Ideally a dog should be walked twice a day and should never exercise past their own comfort level. If your dog seems to have difficulty catching his or her breath, looks exhausted, or is slow to recover, please call for an appointment and stop the exercise until your pet’s health is evaluated.

Sometimes, after trying exercise and moderate amounts of low fat foods, our dogs may not be able to lose enough to be a healthy weight. In this case, we may discuss trying a prescription diet medication called Slentrol (click for more information on Slentrol).