The Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic, available only through veterinary clinics, contains everything pet owners need to help their pets lose weight and live healthier, more active lives. Animal Health Services veterinarians recommend this program for dogs that are overweight, obese or obesity-prone. The Metabolic diet helps pets lose weight because it has:

  • High natural fiber levels to trigger satiety, control appetite and maintain gastrointestinal health
  • High amounts of carnitine, which helps dogs burn fat while increasing lean muscle mass, resulting in more effective weight loss
  • Antioxidants that defend cells from free radical oxidation and counteract inflammation
  • Lysine, which helps metabolize fat for energy production and maintain lean body mass

These characteristics make Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Canine, a veterinary exclusive pet food, useful as a nutritional aid for improving energy metabolism in obese or overweight pets.

What are the signs of an overweight dog?

  1. Is it difficult to feel his ribs or spine?
  2. Is it difficult to see your dog’s waist?
  3. Is his abdomen sagging?
  4. Does his face look more round with larger cheeks?
  5. Does he often appear tired and lazy?
  6. Does your dog lag behind on walks?
  7. Does he pant excessively?
  8. Does he need help getting in the car?
  9. Does he show minimal interest in playing games?
  10. Does he bark without getting up often?

If you answered “yes” to many of these questions, your pet may need to be put on a weight management program.

If you are seeing these signs in your pet, contact Animal Health Services to speak with a nutrition consultant. They will determine your dog’s body fat index (BFI). The Hill’s program uses the BFI scoring system, which is the next evolution of the body condition score (BCS). The BFI emphasizes body fat percentage to determine the severity of a dog’s weight problem. Based on the BFI, the program helps identify a target weight for overweight and obese dogs.