Weight management needn’t weigh on your mind. We have advice on how best to tackle obesity in your pet and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
Our team at Abbey House Vets are on hand to give advice, support and guidance along the journey of getting your pet back to a healthy weight.
Did you know… 1 in every 2 cats and dogs are overweight, and, a third of rabbits? If you feel that your pet might make up this statistic, don’t worry. There are ways we can support you.
To help delay the start of long-term diseases, which may be a direct result of being overweight, it is vital your pet sustains a healthy weight. Being overweight reduces both quality and quantity of life. Maintaining a healthy weight may also keep pet healthcare costs down and reduce the care that you may need to administer to an overweight pet.
Did you know...if your pet starts losing weight, it only takes a matter of weeks before you will notice an improved level of activity: this can be within 4 weeks. Not only this, they may take part in ‘play’ again, be less anxious and start to enjoy a happier and healthier life.
Being overweight can cause the following risks:-
- Heart disease
- Breathing problems
- High blood pressure
- Lethargy and reluctance to exercise
- Inability to clean themselves properly
We can support you with a nutrition plan and weight management programme so your pet can feel happier and healthier, giving you both more time to play and be active.
We are able to provide you with a diet and the optimum environment advice for your pet to live in, while providing guidance on how best to exercise your pet.
Is my pet at risk from obesity?
There are factors such as age, breed and gender that are beyond our control but can increase the risk of obesity in your pet. Excess weight is an intake of too may calories without then burning them off thorugh exercise. Overweight animals are more susceptible to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart problems or breathing difficulties. If you are concerned, why not get in touch with the team at Abbey House Vets and see how we can help and advise you.
Is my pet overweight?
As a pet owner, it is important to understand when your pet is carrying extra weight. As a rule of thumb, when you pick up your pet, you should be able to feel thier ribs; if you can't or are unsure, bring your pet in to see a member of our expert team who will advise accordingly.
What exercise should my pet be doing?
Exercise and activities should be based upon the age, gender and breed of your pet as well as their current physical abilities. Understanding what stimulates and occupies your pet can help build up an exercise routine that is best for them. Our team at Abbey House Vets can also advise and give tips along the way.
What happens during a weight consultation appointment?
Our expert vet or veterinary nurse will gather your pets history from you and perform a comprehensive clinical examination. Your pet will be weighed and receive a body condition score. Dependant upon these results, we will make our recommendations to you. Should any further medical conditions be suspected, further tests (blood tests) may be advised. If not, exercise and dietary advice will be given to help your pet get back to a healthy weight.