Weight Management for Dogs and Cats

Just like most of us, our furry friends’ weight can fluctuate all throughout their lives. They may gain a few extra pounds if they do not get enough exercise and/or if they have too many yummy treats. They can also be underweight due to a number of different reasons like poor nutrition or a medical condition. Getting your pet back to a healthy weight is not always as simple as reducing or increasing their food intake and taking them out on more or less walks. With the help of our team, you can get your pet on a weight management routine tailored for their particular situation. Call us at 613.695.2060 for more details.

Is it ok for pets to be overweight?

Not at all. It may make them extra cuddly, but excess fat puts your pet at risk of several types of health complications. Overweight/obese dogs, cats and other pets are more likely to develop the following:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Damaged bones and joints
  • Increased complications during surgeries
  • Reduced energy levels
  • and many more!

    What causes excess weight gain in pets?

    Your dog or cat’s weight gain may be caused by a number of different factors. This is why it is so important to seek our advice at the outset. Once your pet has been properly examined and diagnosed, we can provide the appropriate in-hospital treatments and at-home care plan for them. Musculoskeletal, neurological and developmental problems can cause excess weight gain as well as overfeeding, lack of exercise, hypothyroidism, insulinoma, hyperadrenocorticism and other conditions.

    What causes weight loss in pets?

    Being underweight is also a problem for your pets. This may be caused by a wide variety of factors including cancer, dental/intestinal/kidney disease, chronic pain, parasites, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and more. Please contact us right away if you notice drastic weight loss in your pet.

  • Last updated: June 9, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    We are happy to announce that we are fully open to the public, with no restrictions in place. Feel free to wear a mask inside our hospital if you wish.

    We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to try your best to be on time for your appointments! In the event a pet parent arrives late to their appointment (more than 10 minutes after their scheduled appointment time) and cannot be seen by the veterinarian on the same day, they will be rescheduled for a future clinic visit, if available.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigated this health crisis together. We look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Bank Street Hospital