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    Posted on by Abii Dowdy

    Pet obesity is a serious problem in the UK with many pets being classed as ‘over ideal’ on the body condition score chart.  Obesity can have a detrimental effect on pet health and increases chances of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory and joint problems. Because of this we have decided to help owners tackle pet obesity once and for all!

     

    Be calorie aware:

    Did you know that your ‘treats’ are full of calories contributing to your pets weight gain? 1 medium ‘jumbone’ treat is the human equivalent of eating 3 burgers and half a chocolate bar! 1oz of cheddar cheese is the human equivalent of 1.5 chocolate bars, and a slice of bread equates to 3 bags of crisps! Keep treats to a minimum and try to stick to a portion controlled diet recommended by your vet.

     

    Exercising your pet:

    A sedentary lifestyle will always allow your pet to gain weight. By reducing your pet’s calorie intake and upping their exercise you should see the excess weight begin to drop off.

     

    Monitoring your pet:

    Stand over your pet and look at their waistline. Is there a slight depression behind their rib cage and can you feel their ribs under a small layer of overlying fat? If you can’t then your pet will most likely be overweight. Try to weigh your pet regularly (scales can be found free to use in most veterinary waiting rooms) and consult your vet with any concerns.

     

    Join a weight clinic:

    Contact your local vet to discuss what weight management clinics they may offer! Our own clinic offers ‘Podgy Paws’ which is a scheme tailored to each individual, helping them to live a longer and healthier life.

     

    Please do not hesitate to bring your pet in for a free weight check or give us a call to find out more information about our Podgy Paws clinic held at our Towcester branch!