Deer Run Animal Hospital

308 E. US Hwy 30
Schererville, IN 46375

(219)864-7180

deerrunanimalhospital.com

                 TALK TO US ABOUT DEVELOPING A WEIGHT MANAGMENT PLAN FOR YOUR PET!
             We want to provide support and helpful tips to help slim your pet down for optimum health.

AVMA Video with Dr. Tony Buffington on Preventing Pet Obesity 

Dr. Ernie Ward is the champion of Pet Weight Loss!  Learn about Dr. Ward's crusade to prevent pet obesity in his book, Chow Hounds!

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)  Visit Dr Ward's Pet Obesity Prevention website.  Dr Ward is dedicated to preventing obesity in pets and provides lots of resources to help your pet maintain an ideal body weight. His website is loaded with weight loss information for pets.

Weight Reduction in Cats!  A nice handout from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) about the benefits of weight loss and tips on how to make it happen for your kitty!

Weight Reduction in Dogs!   Another great handout from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) on the benefits of weight reduction in dogs and tips on how to make it happen for your dog

An Interview with Dr. Ernie Ward  Listen to  Dr Ernie Ward discuss weight loss for  pets.

Weight Management Handout From the Pet Owner Handout collection from the latest (7th) edition of Ettinger's Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR PET NEEDS TO LOSE WEIGHT?  LET US TEACH YOU HOW TO LEARN AND MONITOR YOUR PET'S BODY CONDITION SCORE.

Studies have shown most owners underestimate their dog's true body conditions score.  Try to score your pet and then see if your veterinarian agrees with the score!

Example of a 9 point Canine Body Conditions Score (BCS)  Click on this link from Purina Veterinary Diets to learn about the body conditions score system.  This is the 9 point scoring system. See if you can determine your pet's body condtion score.

Puppy Body Condition Score (BCS)  Click on this link to learn body conditions scoring for puppies.

Example of a 9 Point Feline Body Condition Score (BCS) System

 

Example of 5 point Feline Body Condition Score (BCS) System

 

How to Evaluate Your Pet's Weight and Body Condition Score  This is another link to the Association for Prevention of Pet Obesity (APOP).  You will find out how to tell if your pet is ideal weight vs overweight.  It also has examples of the 5 point Body Condition Scoring (BCS) for dogs and cats.

 

AND NOW...THE BIG QUESTION--HOW MUCH TO FEED? 

Schedule an appointment to work out a specific diet plan tailored to your pet.  To get some ideas on what we need to know to formulate a plan click on  these web pages.

 

AND THE OTHER BIG QUESTION--What To Feed to Get My Pet To Lose Weight?


HOW FAST SHOULD WEIGHT LOSS HAPPEN? 
Healthy weight loss should be slow and gradual.  Crash dieting and rapid weight loss can be disasterous, especially for cats.  To make sure your cat is losing at a safe and effective rate, weigh your pet frequently and monitor trends.  Weight should be checked at LEAST once monthly. 

  • Weight loss for dogs should be between 1-3% of body weight per week for dogs
  • Weight loss should be between  0.5-2% of body weight per week for cats. 

If your pet is losing faster or slower than these rates re-evaluation and a new diet plan is needed!


And Don't Forget about Exercise, the other part of the equation for weight loss success!

Exercise Tips for Pet Weight loss Click for a link to our web page with lots of exercise tips for both cats and dogs.  To acheive weight loss, restricting calorie intake is only part of the battle.  Exercise plays a huge role.  In dogs, exercise is 40% of the successful weight loss program.  Without exercise it is much more difficult for dogs to lose weight.  In cats, exercise is also important, but is probably only contributes to 10-20% of the program.

MORE TOOLS FOR FEEDING for Weight Loss!

The Neko Feeder System  Do you have multiple cats that need to eat different diets or different amounts?  Here is a product designed to eliminate the problem of trying to feed cats differently in a multiple cat household.

Chew Toys & Food Toys  Simulate your pets natural prey behavior, make meals long lasting and fun, encourage exercise with FOOD TOYS!

The Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl These bowls are made to slow down rapid eaters to make meals longer lasting so your pet can savor mealtimes

  If your pet is overweight, join Purina's Project: Pet Slim Down !  

Team with your veterinarian for a feline or canine weight loss program. Learn your pet's body Condition Score and get a diet recommendation to help achieve a healthy weight loss target of 1 to 2 percent a week. Stay in touch with regular check-ups and monthly weigh-ins.  There are some great coupons at this website too!   Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian today to start Project:  Pet Slim Down with your pet!

Recently the Purina Company completed a study showing that dogs maintained at an ideal body weight may live almost 2 years longer than overweight dogs!  This gives us all an incentive to work to keep our pets at a healthy weight!

PetFit.com has even more tips from Hill's Prescription Diet Foods on how to help your pet lose weight.