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Top tips for helping your pet lose weight

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Is your pet a bit pudgy this January? According to recent veterinary research, one in three dogs, one in four cats and one in four rabbits in the UK are overweight.

Much like in humans, obesity in pets can lead to many debilitating health issues such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease, arthritis, high blood pressure and even forms of cancer.

However, it doesn’t have to be difficult to help your pet lose weight. Here are some of our top tips for weight loss:

  • Weigh out your pet’s food – rather than guestimate how many kibbles to put in your dog’s bowl, weigh it instead so you can monitor how much food they’re eating. Measuring cups can sometimes give very different results so it is better to weigh out food to be more accurate.
  • No more ‘tit-bits’ – human food is not for pets! Your dinner is for you and your pet shouldn’t be sharing it. Many high fat foods will lead to painful pancreatitis and certain foods can’t even be digested by animals.
  • Tactical treats – if you are going to give treats to your pet, why not use treats that are good for them? There are plenty of treats designed to be low-fat or to help their health in other ways e.g. to clean their teeth. Speak to a member of the team to see which treats we recommend.
  • Regular exercise – don’t let the dark nights put you off. Even a quick walk around the block is better than nothing. Long leisurely walks at the weekend will also be fun for both you and your pet. Play with your cat or rabbit to help them move around a more and keep their minds active.
  • 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.

If you’re struggling to help your pet lose weight, sign them up to one of our FREE weight clinics with a veterinary nurse. 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.

Contact your surgery now to find out how we can help your pet lose weight.


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