January 2020: Vets4Pets Blog
Put your pet on a January diet
MOST OF us are aware of the risks of carrying extra weight, but did you know that many of these risks are the same for our pets? Obesity is linked to joint problems, heart disease and skin problems, with overweight cats being 3 times more likely to develop diabetes – Vet Report 2016.
A phenomenal 1 in 3 dogs, 1 in 4 cats and 1 in 4 rabbits are considered overweight.
For cats and dogs, when viewed from above you should be able to see a waistline. Their ribs should be easily felt, with only the last 1 or 2 ribs visible.
Before embarking on dieting, we ALWAYS recommend you see your vet first to rule out medical problems such as hypothyroidism. At Kingswood Vets4Pets we offer free weight clinics with our nurse who can tailor a plan for your pet!
Dieting requires you to be strict. Our top tip is to cut out the treats as these can quickly add up.
Remember this isn’t forever. If you use treats to reward your dogs, perhaps consider using praise or a favourite toy instead. Once the weight is off they can have treats again, but in moderation.. Changing to a prescription weight-loss diet will help your pet feel fuller for longer and also promote lean muscle mass.
Increasing exercise can also help a lot, including hydrotherapy for dogs with mobility problems. Very overweight pets may need a gentle exercise regime to begin with to protect the heart, so please see a veterinary professional first.
We are always happy to help so please contact Kingswood Vets4Pets on 0117 9616417 if you would like to enquire about the free weight clinics.
A very Happy New Year to you from the team at Kingswood Vets4Pets.