It’s the start of a New Year, when we all start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. But what about our pets? Do you have a FAT FELINE or a PORKY POOCH??
After an over-indulgent Christmas period, many of us will be thinking about kick-starting the new year by eating more healthily and exercising more. But how about making changes to the lifestyle of our pets in order to increase their health and well-being?
Obesity is an ever-rising problem in the UK’s pet population, and just like with people, obesity can lead to a number of health problems for our pets, including Diabetes Mellitus, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Respiratory Difficulties and exacerbation of Arthritis and Joint Problems. Obese cats (particularly males) are also predisposed to Urethral Blockages, preventing them from passing urine, which is a medical emergency.
Obesity is a form of malnutrition, and can have a major impact on an animal’s wellbeing. The term “killing with kindness” is very frank but true. Many owners do not mean to cause harm to their pets by overfeeding, or giving lots of treats, but the resulting obesity inevitably leads to reduced health and life expectancy.
But, OBESITY IS PREVENTABLE AND TREATABLE!
At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, our dedicated Nurses can talk you through the correct diet for your pet, with hints and tips to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
When starting a weight-loss programme for your pet, it is important to get correct advice on suitable diet, along with expected weight loss per week, as losing weight too quickly can lead to other serious health problems, especially in cats, so seeking advice from a Registered Veterinary Nurse is recommended.
Michelle Baldwin and Lisa Lewis run dedicated Weight Clinics which are FREE to our clients. They are able to assess your pet’s current diet, and recommend a suitable prescription weight loss diet where necessary, and will calculate how much to feed your pet, and the amount of weight they need to lose to regain their ideal bodyweight. They will take measurements of your pet and record their Body Condition Score, which can be monitored during the weight-loss programme to track their progress.
We all enjoy giving our pets the occasional treat, and food rewards can be invaluable during a training programme. Weighing out dry diets, ensures your pet is receiving the correct amount they need each day, and also allows you to use a portion of the kibbles from the daily ration as treats and rewards! Other low-fat snacks such as carrot sticks can also be a useful and tasty treat for many dogs.
Exercise is also important when trying to shift those kilos, and Michelle and Lisa can talk you through the best ways to increase activity in a fun and safe way for your pet.
For more information, or to book an appointment, please call the surgery on 01325 380111.