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Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital

...that an estimated 52.7% of U.S dogs and 57.9% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese?1 There are a number of risks associated with excess weight in pets, including osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and a decreased life expectancy of up to 2.5 years. Unsure if your pet is overweight? Here’s how you can check: A pet at a healthy weight has ribs that are easily felt, a tucked abdomen (no sagging stomach), and a visible waist when viewed from above.2

12014 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey
2Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

Pet Weight Management and Nutrition

With all the ingredients that pet foods are made of nowadays and the uncertainties about the ideal body weight, it can be difficult to manage a pet’s weight and diet. That’s why Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital offers weight management and nutrition services. Our knowledgeable doctors and technicians can discuss your pet’s specific needs during the standard wellness exam.

During the exam, we conduct a weight check and compare it to your pet’s recommended Body Condition Score (BCS), which takes into account species and age. If we find your pet to be overweight, we can discuss their diet and activity level and customize a diet and exercise plan based on that information. We can also address the best food options and ingredients for weight management, portion sizes, and exercise tips to help your pet reach a healthy weight.

Once the diet and exercise plan is established, we can monitor your pet’s progress with monthly weigh-in check-ups to determine if any additional changes need to be made.

About Pet Obesity

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. While being a few pounds overweight isn’t usually a major reason for concern for humans, it is one for a pet. Obesity can lead to a number of health problems—just like it can for humans—including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and a decreased lifespan. For this reason, we encourage you to be proactive about your pet’s diet so you can help them maintain a healthy weight throughout their life.

Please Contact Us if you’re concerned about your pet’s weight or diet. We want your companion to be healthy, just as much as you do, and we look forward to doing all we can to help them.

...that an estimated 52.7% of U.S dogs and 57.9% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese?1 There are a number of risks associated with excess weight in pets, including osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and a decreased life expectancy of up to 2.5 years. Unsure if your pet is overweight? Here’s how you can check: A pet at a healthy weight has ribs that are easily felt, a tucked abdomen (no sagging stomach), and a visible waist when viewed from above.2

12014 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey
2Association for Pet Obesity Prevention