Does it really matter if my pet is obese?

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Does it really matter if my pet is obese?

Obesity affects both the quality and quantity of life for our pets which means that our pets live a longer, healthier and happier life when they are the correct weight.

Being overweight increases the risk of developing serious illnesses; one of the most salient ones being Diabetes mellitus.

In addition to this, overweight pets are of greater risk of anaesthetic complications, joint issues, breathing issues and other illnesses such as cancers.

My pet doesn’t look like he eats very much…..he can’t be overweight. Can he?

We love our pets, and we love nurturing our pets!

A lot of the incredibly strong bond between humans and their pets is made and maintained by feeding, as we see their enjoyment and happiness when receiving food from us!

However, approximately 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are overweight, and statistical trends show that this is only increasing. Studies also suggest that we as owners are not great at perceiving when our pets are overweight.

 

So how much should I be feeding him?

It’s very difficult to know how much to feed our pets, as different brands of foods can advise different things – which is why we are here to help!

Our nurse, Robyn, offers free weight clinics where she offers helpful and supportive advice for things you can implement at home.

We want to help by providing objective ways of measuring your dog or cat’s body condition, and we can show you this in practice if you are not sure if your pet is the correct weight.

We will run through what your pet is being fed at the moment and will advise if there’s any need to change the amount in a non-judgemental and encouraging way!

If you would like to book in for the weight clinic please give us a call to arrange an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you!