Obesity in pets is an ever growing problem. The number of obese dogs, cat and rabbits has risen steadily in the last few years. Being overweight has serious health implications for animals, including:
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of diabetes mellitus
- Higher chance of developing arthritis later in life
- Breathing problems
If your pet is overweight, they are also more at risk should they require surgery, whether for a routine or emergency procedure.
We fully understand that most pets are overweight simply because their owners love them too much – it’s never easy to ignore the big brown eyes waiting for a treat, but by feeding them too much of the wrong things, we are setting them up for problems later in life.
An animal of a normal weight is more likely to play normally, and to have a better quality of life than one which struggles to breathe every time it tries to run
We are keen to do all we can to help you keep your pet’s weight under control. Our nurses run free weight clinics, where they will advise you on the correct amount of food to be feeding your pet, and will help support you through any difficulties you may encounter.
If you would prefer to monitor your pet’s weight yourself, there are a few simple things that will help. Regular exercise, portion control and low-fat treats will all help you in the right direction! Most commercial foods will have feeding guidelines on the packets – it’s important to measure the food you give accurately, as these are only guides and the actual amounts needed by individual animals will vary.