Trick or Treat – Helping Your Pet Shed Extra Pounds

Photos courtesy of Robyn Hagle (Before – left, After- Right)

We all know the look our pets give us when they want extra food – the sad, soulful eyes that just beg you for more. While giving them treats is acceptable, making sure to do it in moderation is key because all the treats begin to add up.

Meet Jade, a 13-year-old Domestic Shorthair. Before being adopted by Robyn Hagle, one of Blum’s Veterinary Care Coordinators, Jade was found on the street and was already significantly overweight. Robyn said she had been advised multiple times to help Jade lose weight but did not take her weight seriously until she was diagnosed with diabetes in December 2017. Robyn then realized Jade’s weight was actually a serious health issue.

In the beginning, it was difficult getting Jade used to the new routine. Previously, she would be free fed all day and then Robyn had to be vigilant about measuring out her food three times a day. Also, Jade loved lounging around in her favorite spots and did not seem interested in play time. Robyn got her to enjoy playing with her Eggcersizer toy (which releases treats), laser pointer, feather string and fake mice.

With Jade losing about 3 lbs., which is almost 17 percent of her body weight, Robyn attributes a large part of her success to Dr. Lindsey Bullen, a board certified veterinary nutritionist. Dr. Bullen works at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, and she created a weight loss diet tailored specifically for Jade.

Through Robyn’s hard work, Jade’s diabetes is now in remission! With her weight loss, Jade’s personality changed, and she is now more playful and mischievous since she has more energy. Before, Jade never used to interact with Robyn’s other cat, Midnight, but now they chase each other around the house and love to play.

While it may seem like a daunting task that your pet needs to lose weight, your veterinarian at Blum can help develop a treatment plan to help them achieve their goals. Please contact us at: (773) 327-4446 for any questions about your pets weight or putting together a weight loss plan!

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.