Dragon Lake Veterinary Hospital team left to right: Katelyn Harrington, vet technologist; Dr. Ginger Langan, DVM; Michelle Berlinguette, registered veterinary technologist; Vikky Malone, vet assistant; and Susan Witzke, vet assistant, are all part of the DL Vet Hospital Weight Loss Champions team. Annie Gallant photo

New pet weight-loss program will help animals put their best paw forward

DL Vet Hospital offers Weight Loss Champions program for domestic dogs and cats in Quesnel

Pets can suffer some of the same consequences as humans who struggle with obesity, and Dragon Lake Veterinary Hospital is offering a program, beginning April 1, to promote pet’s weight loss for healthier life.

The statistics are staggering, with 55 per cent of domestic dogs and cats in Canada either overweight or obese.

Some of the risk factors and symptoms for overweight and obese dogs and cats include fat on the heart, diabetes, low energy, joint problems and chronic inflammation.

“All these things become expensive over time,” says vet assistant Vikky Malone.

“Being overweight and obesity is treatable, but ultimately it’s preventable,” Vet Assistant Vikky Malone said.

The DL Vet Hospital, with support from their pet food supplier Royal Canin, has chosen to call its program Weight Loss Champions, to create a positive environment.

“We are encouraging dog and cat owners to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation beginning April 1,” veterinary technologist Katelyn Harrington says.

“This is a great opportunity for owners to learn more about their pets.”

During that consultation, owners will be provided with advice on what constitutes good body condition. There are general guidelines for all animals, and weight is just one factor. Once a pet owner is aware whether their dog or cat is overweight, the DL Vet team will then provide suggestions as to an exercise regimen, dietary changes and food schedules.

For dogs in the Weight Loss Champions program, the team is organizing a weekly walking group to encourage an active lifestyle.

For cats in the program, the team will discuss various play activities to increase activity levels and encourage bonding with your cat.

Call ahead to book your complimentary consultation.Each owner will receive a starter kit including a sample bag of pet food to set them off on the right paw. The program will run for five months.

“Maintaining your pet’s healthy body condition is sometimes as simple as learning the right steps and habits,”

Call the Dragon Lake Veterinary Hospital at 250 747 1427 to make an appointment.

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