If you’re worried about your pet’s weight and are thinking that getting him to slim down might be hopeless, then you haven’t met Monty! This little guy had a big problem: an expanding waist line. He was carrying around over 10 extra pounds, and he’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel! Just 3 extra pounds on a 15-pound dog is the equivalent of 30 extra pounds on a 150-pound person! And this little guy had almost three times that amount! With guidance from our veterinary staff, Monty’s owner decided to get him started on our weight loss program with Purina’s Project Pet Slim Down. Through his specially designed Purina OM diet, regular walks and exercise and counseling with one of our Purina Certified Weight Coaches, Monty has reached his ideal weight! Vicky, one of our weight coaches, weighs in on Monty’s 7-month journey to a healthier, happier self.
Monty, a 7 yr. old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, weighed in at 28 lbs. in March with a body condition score (BCS) of 6 (overweight). Our vet staff recommended starting him on Purina OM (Overweight Management) prescription canned dog food in April. Following the new diet regime and exercise, he was down to 17 lbs by October — a loss of 11 lbs with a BCS of 4 (ideal)! That’s a 39% weight loss! Losing the weight puts Monty at a lower risk for things like diabetes and many forms of cancer. His story has been so successful because his owner committed to helping him lose the weight and worked with our staff to achieve these fantastic results.
Monty also stays with us in our lodging resort, so he was weighed in at the beginning and end of each stay to monitor weight loss progress. Ideally, pets come in for monthly weigh-ins to gauge progress, adjust feeding amount (if needed) and answer any questions or challenges that their owners may be facing.
Monty’s story can easily be your pet’s story! Countless pets across the country have successfully slimmed down on this program, and we’re proud to have such a wonderful success story right here in our hospital! If you would like your pet to “Be like Monty”, give us a call today at 301-258-0333 for a free healthy weight evaluation.