The food your pet eats plays an important part in his or her overall health and well-being. And a nutritious, balanced diet is an essential part of an active healthy lifestyle.
Eating too much food will cause your pet to become overweight, and this increases the risk of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and breathing problems.
If your pet is overweight, you may notice some of the following signs:
- Ribs cannot easily be felt when running along your pet’s side.
- Loss of an obvious waist.
- Collar needs loosening.
- Difficulty in walking.
- Slow movement.
- Shortness of breath.
- Sleeping more than usual.
Weight gain is the result of an increase in body fat. This is usually caused by eating too much, especially when combined with lack of exercise, but there can be other contributing factors too such as age, breed, neutering and medical problems.
Did you know?
Feeding your dog a slice of toast or a plain biscuit is the equivalent to a human eating a hamburger.
Feeding your cat a cup of milk or two crisps is the equivalent of 4 ½ hamburgers.
How can I help my pet to lose weight?
Combining a change in diet with increased exercise is the most effective way of achieving a healthy weight.
If your cat is overweight try and encourage them to follow you from room to room particularly up and down stairs, Use toys to increase their activity.
If your dog is overweight take for regular walks, especially on different surfaces, such as sand or water providing extra resistance and encourage play in the garden and in the home.
How can we help?
We at Hunt’s Veterinary Clinic are committed to helping you with the weight management of your pet.
The clinic is now running a Weight Watchers Clinic which provides support and encouragement to assist you during the weight loss plan.
We will provide you with a free monthly check of your pet. This will include a monthly weight check, advice and support about diet and exercise regime.
We will provide you with a weight watchers card which we will keep a record of monthly weight checks, free samples of food and of course our free advice.
Please ask at reception for further information.
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