Weight control supplements
Obesity has reached epic proportions in our pet population. It has been identified that our overweight dogs are at risk for many chronic health problems. Obesity has been associated with diabetes, pancreatitis, cruciate ligament rupture, lower urinary tract disease, dental disease, high blood pressure, exacerbation of arthritis and cancer. Excess body weight has a direct impact on quality of life and shorter life spans. Weight control supplements are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of a powder, tablets, and liquid.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- Weight control supplements may contain any of the following ingredients:
- Carbohydrate Blocker which alters how carbohydrates are absorbed
- Vitamins which work to ensure normal body functions
- Antioxidants are substances that can protect cells in the body
- Herbs may help to support normal healthy metabolism
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Safety in pregnant and breeding animals has not been established
- Pets with a known hypersensitivity to these products
- Pets that have had an earlier allergic reaction to a similar product
Weight control supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully for appropriate dosing and mixing recommendations.
It is recommended that this supplement be given for as long as your veterinarian directs.
It is ideal to give this supplement at the same time daily.
Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo and many products are not created equally. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Weight control supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- These products are usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- There can be a concern with overdosing and toxicities when giving multiple supplements. Talk to your veterinarian about all of the supplements your are currently giving your pet.
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food, supplements, or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
What else should I know?
Weight loss requires an active team approach. Weighing your pet frequently ensures that they are losing weight at an appropriate rate.
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Weight control supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- What health risks are associated with your pet’s current weight
- Your pets ideal body weight and the rate of recommended weight loss
- What high quality and balanced diet is suitable for your pet’s life stage
- The recommended caloric intake to support weight loss or weight management
- How an exercise program can assist with managing obesity
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future