Weight Consult Appointments

Do you have questions about your pet's weight? At Hillside Veterinary Hospital we offer complimentary Weight Consult appointments with our Registered Animal Health Technicians.

A Weight Consult is not a veterinary examination, but rather a discussion about your pet's lifestyle and nutrition needs, as well as a planning session to create a diet and exercise plan that is tailored to your pet's unique requirements. If your pet is gaining or losing weight, we strongly recommend that you first book an appointment with one of our veterinarians to make sure there isn't an underlying disease causing the weight change.

What happens at a Weight Consult appointment?

First, the technician will ask you some questions about your pet's diet, including what type of food you are feeding, what kinds of treats you give, and whether human food is inclulded. The techinician will also ask you some questions about your pet's activity level and daily exercise.

Next the technician will check your pet's past and present weight and Body Condition Score. A Body Condition Score is a tool that veterinarians use to measure your pet's physical condition. A score is assigned on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being emaciated, 5 being obese, and 3 being the ideal body condition. See the above link for a body condition chart for cats and dogs.

Next we will establish an ideal target weight for your pet and then create a specific plan to get there. Our recommendations will take into account your pet's overall health needs, diet needs, temperament, energy level and exercise schedule. We will also take into account your family's needs when we create a plan. The goal is to help your pet reach an ideal weight with the least disruption to his or her routine, as well as your family's.

The technician may recommend that you followup with a veterinarian if you have noted any medical questions or concerns.

If you are interested in booking a Weight Consult appointment, please contact us for more information.

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