It is estimated that in the UK, one in three dogs, and one in four cats are overweight or obese. This can be due to a number of factors including:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
Obesity in pets can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers. Obese pets have a reduced quality of life and a shorter life expectancy than pets at a healthy weight.
To check whether your pet is overweight, answer the following questions:
► Can you easily feel but not see the ribs?
► Can you see and feel your pet's waist from above?
► If you look at your pet from the side, does the stomach appear 'tucked up'?
If the answer to any of these questions is NO, then your pet may benefit from losing weight.
Our nurses run FREE weight checks to monitor the weight of your pet after neutering, as neutered animals tend to gain weight more easily.
For pets that need to lose weight, the nurses hold monthly Weight Clinics where they will give you advice on proper diet and exercise plans for your pet, so that they lose weight at a healthy safe rate. Sometimes all that is required is a little more exercise and a little less food, however our nurses can advise on Prescription diets for pets who have that bit more to lose!
If you would like to check that your pet is a healthy weight, please phone us on 01771 624001 for a FREE nurse appointment.