PET OBESITY – AN EVER GROWING PROBLEM?
According to figures recently released by the British Veterinary Association (Oct, 2016) over 60% of vets say obesity is the biggest health and welfare concern for UK pets. As with humans, obesity is a very serious health issue for our pets and can lead to life-long and life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis.
PROVIDING A SAFE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT WITH OUR HELP
Owner education plays an important role in a weight loss programme. Our free nurse clinics provide time to discuss your pet’s weight while offering advice and support to owners who require it. Weight should be lost slowly – only 0.5 to 3% of body weight a week. By weighing and body scoring your pet we are able to formulate an individual plan to help with gradual weight loss over a 6-12 month time span. We have many handy tips and also some great tasting diet foods for pets. So, if you are concerned your pet may be overweight, then call the practice and book in for free consultations with the nurse and join our porky pets club!
SPOILT FOR CHOICE?
With so many diet options it can be very daunting choosing the right option for your pet. As part of our programme, we are recommending Royal Canin Obesity. It is a high protein diet which helps maintain muscle mass throughout the weight loss period. It also contains high mineral and vitamin concentrations to support optimal nutritional supply, chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine to help maintain mobility in stressed joints and essential fatty acids and trace elements to support healthy skin and coat.
As an alternative to traditional feeding we support Natures Menu and raw feeding. Natures Menu food is very low in fat with no additives, consisting of meat, ground bone and vegetables. We have found dogs love it and it helps in creating a lean physique for your pet alongside a glossy coat.
Category: Small Animals