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Weight Management Checklists (PDF)

Checklists help you deliver the same high-quality care to every patient. When clients are asking questions or you are focusing on handling their pet, it’s easy to skip routine steps you’d normally remember. Use this tool to create checklists based on your practice’s protocol.

Weight Management Fit Healthy Form (PDF)

Congratulations on taking the big first step for health through healthy, effective weight loss! Get a head start on success by including your whole family in the weight management plan.

2014 AAHA Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Communicating and implementing a weight management program for dogs and cats can be a challenging endeavor for veterinarians, but a rewarding one. An effective individualized weight loss program provides a consistent and healthy rate of weight loss to reduce risk of disease, prevent malnutrition, and improve quality of life. Weight loss is achieved with appropriate caloric restriction, diet selection, exercise, and strategies to help modify behavior of both the pet and client. This document offers guidelines and tools for the management of weight loss and long-term maintenance of healthy weight.

Weight Management Tip Sheet (PDF)

Calculate the resting energy requirement (RER) using the pet’s estimated ideal weight, then feed a percentage of that amount. Although there is no established standard reduction, feeding 80% of ideal-weight RER is effective and well tolerated.

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