Overweight? You should consider a probiotic NEW STUDY!

A recent study showed that maintaining a pet’s lean body condition extended median life span by 15%.

For dogs and cats, the problems associated with being overweight or obese are numerous: diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis, heart disease, cancer… .

Probiotics and Colostrum may be beneficial in helping your dog or cat maintain a healthy weight.

They are in our dog and cat supplements

Dr Jones’ ULTIMATE Canine Health Formula

Dr Jones’ ULTIMATE Feline Health Formula

Ultimate Feline is Non-GMO and gluten free, and contains no wheat, corn, soy, or any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

I do need to confess that my last cat Murray was a little on the ‘plump’ side… it’s hard to say no…

Obesity and How to Speed Weight Loss

Obesity is rapidly becoming the most common veterinary condition affecting our dogs and cats. Estimates vary, but one survey found 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats to be classified as overweight or obese. That equals 88.4 million pets that are too heavy according to veterinarians.

Overweight pets are at risk for serious health problems, such as Cancer, especially intrabdominal cancers, diabetes, liver disease, arthritis, skin disorders, heart disease, FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease), Immune system depression, High Blood Pressure and generally have a shortened life span.

Weight Loss

In general, a good goal to aim for is 1-2% of the body weight per week. In practice I would typically calculate 15% weight loss, and aim for that in 3-4 months.

Rapid weight loss can lead to rapid weight return, liver disease, and in some cases even hepatic lipidosis.


I have always had the best results on elevated protein diets – Raw, Homemade, Canned andLESS KIBBLE

Cut out the treats, especially the high carbohydrate one, commit to exercising your dog twice daily for at least 30 minutes, and feed only the measured amount of food based on your dog’s/ cat’s weight.



This has been shown to speed up weight loss in cats. The dose is 250 mg daily. Carnitine is being included in some weight reduction programs because of its effect on the utilization of fat by the body.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which has been shown to have antiobesity activity in rodents. A recent study at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine demonstrated that dogs receiving DHEA while being on a weight reduction program lost weight faster and had lower cholesterol levels than those dogs who were on a weight reduction program alone.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is essential for energy production at the cellular level. It has been shown to benefit humans with various heart and muscle diseases. Again, studies of its effect on obese animals are currently underway. It has been shown to be safe, with no adverse effects demonstrated in animal studies according to Nutramax, a company which produces Coenzyme Q10 in an oral form for dogs, cats, and horses.

Green Tea

Green Tea has gained popularity for weight loss, it is also a rich source of antioxidants, and safe to give daily. You can give it in the tea form – substitute green tea for your pet’s water, and assess the results in 30 days.


Colostrum has been shown to help with weigh loss by increasing muscle mass. The increased muscle leads to increased metabolism, and loss of fat. Increasing numbers of athletes are using colostrum; it is a safe nutrient to consider adding to your overweight pet’s diet.

NEW Probiotic STUDY

Researchers have identified 2 strains of probiotics that can be used to reduce weight in obese dogs. The research is published this week in Microbiology Spectrum, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

To identify suitable probiotic candidates for companion animals, Kim and colleagues scrutinized the variations in the composition of intestinal microbiota between young and old dogs, revealing a decline in the population of lactic acid bacteria, Bifidobacterium species and Enterococcus species in older dogs.

The results were compelling, demonstrating the strains’ effectiveness in reducing body fat and rectifying the imbalances in intestinal microflora induced by obesity.

“The strains we carefully selected demonstrated remarkable success in reducing the body fat percentage in dogs, " said Kim.

“What set these strains apart was their ability to not only limit dietary intake or enhance excretion to reduce body weight but, more importantly, activate energy metabolism. Even when exposed to a high-calorie diet, we observed a decrease in body weight, alleviation of subcutaneous fat accumulation and an increase in energy metabolism. This confirmed a shift in the body’s metabolic orientation toward fat consumption, rather than fat accumulation."

P.S. For some animals it reallycan be difficult to get them to lose weight… and I DON’T recommend most of the Veterinary ‘Weight Loss’ Diets…

P.P.S. Sometimes the addition of the right supplements can at least help trigger increased metabolism

These include Colostrum and Probiotics which are in our Dog and Cat supplements here:

Ultimate Canine is a powder, given daily, that you can mix with your dog’s food or with a treat. It is Non-GMO and gluten free, and contains no wheat, corn, soy, or any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Dr Jones’ ULTIMATE Canine Health Formula¬†

Dr Jones’ ULTIMATE Feline Health Formula¬†

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