Overweight pets are similar to overweight people in that they have an increased risk of illness, especially joint disease, heart and liver disease and diabetes.
It is important animals are kept at their optimum weight to minimise the risk of obesity related problems.
Not all animals are the same and many factors influence an animal’s weight, including the animals breed, type and amount of feeding, exercise and activity levels, or concurrent disease processes (e.g. Arthritis).
We offer free weight checks and nutritional advice to all our clients and also stock a range of special prescription diets designed to help your pet lose or control their weight but still satisfy their hunger.
Regular weigh-ins will help us assess your pet’s progress and work together to help your pet reach its ideal weight. Feel free to pop in and use our electronic scales and discuss your pet’s weight with a member of our team.
A nutritious and balanced diet is an essential part of your pets active and healthy lifestyle. Eating too much food or the wrong type of food will cause your pet to become overweight and this increases the risk of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and breathing problems.
We recommend feeding Premium pet foods such as Hills Science Diet which are made from high quality ingredients. Often Prescription diets are required initially to reduce the excess weight. They are complete and balanced diets that continue to keep your dog or cats hunger satisfied whilst losing weight.
We offer free weight checks and nutritional advice to all our clients and also stock a range of Prescription diets designed to help your pet lose or control their weight.
Common signs of overweight/obesity
- Ribs cannot be easily felt when running your hand along your pet’s side
- No defined waist line can be seen
- Difficulty in walking, climbing stairs or jumping
- Decreased energy, slow in movement
- Exercise intolerance
- Difficulty grooming (cat)