Did you know that obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in our canine and feline friends? Over 40% of Australian pets are overweight!
Just like us, excess fat in animals can pose some serious health concerns – ultimately reducing your pet’s life expectancy.
There are many factors contributing to the number of overweight pets we see, but the good news is most of these are easily manageable when armed with the correct tools and information – and that’s where we come in!
First things first
The most important step in weight management is identifying that your pet may be overweight – and here’s how:
- Identify your pet’s Body Condition Score (BCS) – learn how here
- Weigh your pet – did you know that you can use our pet scales free of charge, at any time? Be sure to know your pet’s ideal weight and check it regularly.
Don’t forget, vet visits are not just for yearly vaccinations. Every time you visit us, we will assess your pet’s body condition and let you know if your pet has a few kilos to shed.
You may also notice some other signs at home:
- Lack of grooming:In general, pet’s like to keep themselves clean, however it often becomes difficult if they can no longer reach certain areas.
- Difficulty breathing:Panting during and after low level exercise (or even in the absence of exercise) is often a concerning sign.
- Reduced mobility:Your pet may become disinterested or unable to go on walks, play games, make his way up the stairs or even jump up onto the bed for a cuddle.
- Collar and or harness needs loosening.
We’ve established that your pet may be a tad overweight and its time to put a management plan in place. That’s where our FREE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT CLINIC comes in.
We are here to assist you with a professional weight management program designed to meet your pet’s specific needs. We consider your pet’s age, breed and lifestyle and will formulate a nutritional plan that’s just right for your pet. We’ll also have plenty of extra information – feeding tips, exercise tips and ways to help manage any associated disease such as osteoarthritis.