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Las Vegas Veterinarian Provides Pet Weight Control for Your Pet.

Pets who manage to maintain an ideal weight are often healthier and more active. For a veterinarian in Las Vegas with experience dealing with issues of weight and weight loss, contact Las Vegas Animal Hospital. Our veterinary services are designed to help you control your pet's weight.

How to tell if Your Pet is Overweight

Your pet, whether a cat or a dog, should have only a thin layer of fat over the rib cage and spine. As you run your hands along your pet's side and down the back, you should be able to feel each rib. If you cannot feel the ribs, your cat or dog is likely overweight.

Other pets will have different metrics for determining obesity. If you are concerned about the weight of your pet, ask your vet how to tell if your pet is overweight.

Best Methods to Control Pet Weight

Weight control for pets is very similar to weight control for people.

  • Feed your pet healthy foods. There are many commercial pet foods that are made specifically for keeping pets at a healthy weight. Start your pets on these foods at an early age. It's harder to convince pets who have been eating foods high in fat to switch to foods with lower calorie and fat content. Never feed your pets food from the table, as these foods are typically unhealthy for your pet and may cause your pet to lose interest in healthier foods.
  • Cut back snacks. If you are feeding your pet a regular diet of health-conscious foods, then snacks are likely the major cause of your pet's weight problem. You may not even be aware of how many snacks your pet consumes in a single day, because your pet could be getting snacks from multiple members of your family. Talk to all your family members about reducing the number of snacks your pet receives in a day.
  • Count calories. Your vet will be able to tell you how many calories your pet should be consuming per day. Speak with your vet about the right calorie count for your pet. Once you have this information, you will be able to match your pet's diet to his or her caloric need.
  • Get lots of exercise. Exercise will help control a pet's weight, and can be helpful in reducing unwanted weight on a pet. Dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Cats get exercise through play. To exercise your cat, play together on a daily basis.

Why Controlling Pet Weight is Important

Pets with weight problems can experience many of the same health problems that people experience. Obese pets may become sluggish and lethargic, experience joint pain, may have difficulty breathing and more. Pets with weight problems may lose interest in--or become unable to participate in--their favorite activities.

One of the greatest threats that obese pets face is diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond to insulin. In some cases and for some pets, the effects of diabetes can be managed with a healthy diet and increased exercise. However, many cats and dogs with diabetes require regular medication, just like people with diabetes.

For a veterinarian in Las Vegas who is experienced with this particular condition, visit Las Vegas Animal Hospital and call us at 702-675-8366 to schedule an appointment. We offer professional veterinary services for pets with diabetes and other weight-related conditions.

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Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!

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