We want all our patients to not only live as long as possible, but also have the best quality of life possible. As a result, we firmly believe in weight management. If a pet is over or underweight it can significantly impact their health, and as a result, their quality of life.
Pets that are overweight or obese are at risk for most all of the same problems that bedevil overweight people: diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cruciate ligament tears.
Whenever a patient comes into a Chastain Veterinary Medical Group facility for an exam they are body condition scored by the veterinarian. Allowing us to see how the patients weight is compared with their ideal weight. The doctor will then discuss with you option to try to optimize you pets weight. We take a fairly holistic approach, discussing nutrition, exercise, behavioral modification and toys to try and find the best way to assist with optimal weight and maintenance.