Vet's Advice: January 2018

December 22 2017

If your pet has over indulged this Christmas and is looking a little podgy, please remember that, like us, over time obesity in pets can lead to health issues such as heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and even some forms of cancer.

Has your pet enjoyed Christmas a little too much? 

 

If your pet has over indulged this Christmas and is looking a little podgy, please remember that, like us, over time obesity in pets can lead to health issues such as heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and even some forms of cancer.

As daunting as it can seem, weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult - here are some of our top tips to help your pet lose weight:

• Regular exercise – don’t let the dark nights put you off. Even a quick walk around the block is better than nothing. If you can, take long leisurely walks at the weekend and play with your cat or rabbit to help keep their minds and their bodies active.

• Weigh out your pet’s food – try not to guestimate how much food to give your pet, weigh it instead so you can monitor how much food they’re eating.

• Use a weight loss food – there are many pet food diets that are proven to help your pet lose weight without them going hungry. Speak to vet or nurse to find out which foods are most suitable for your pet.

• Avoid ‘tit-bits’ – human food is not for pets. Did you know that one biscuit for a medium size dog is the equivalent to us eating a chocolate bar! Keep food out of reach so they can’t be tempted to eat it when you’re not looking. Many high fat foods, like butter and cheese, can lead to painful pancreatitis, and some human foods cannot be digested by animals.

• Pet treats – there are plenty of treats available that are good for pets – low fat, low sugar and good for the teeth. Speak to a member of the team to see which treats we recommend.

 

Book a free weight loss clinic with one of our veterinary nurses at Longwell Green Veterinary Centre. The nurse will be able to tailor a diet and exercise plan to your pet and can schedule regular weigh-ins to monitor their progress. Call us on 0117 932 3660.

  

 

Dr Rob Parry-Hall