Pet obesity is becoming an epidemic in the UK with 39 % of cats overweight and 59% of dogs as shown in a study by Courcier in 2010.
With many of us thinking of eating more healthily and exercising more in the New Year, it is also the perfect time to get our pets to join in! At Avenue Veterinary Centre we want to promote healthy pets and run free of charge weight management clinics with our qualified, registered veterinary nurses.
Signs of an overweight pet include:
- Struggling to see or feel your pets ribs, spine or waistline
- Abdominal sagging
- Reluctance to go for walks or exercise
- Lagging behind on walks
- Excessive panting
- Appearing tired and lazy
- Struggling or needs assistance getting up and down or in and out of vehicles
- Refuses to move or play games
How can obesity affect their health?
Obesity can impede their long term health and reduce life expectancy considerably, for example:
- Reduced glucose (sugar) tolerance and increase risk of developing diabetes
- Increases risk of heart and circulatory problems
- Increases risk of respiratory (breathing) problems
- Compromise immunity
- Increases skin problems
- Increases risk of heat stroke
- Increases risk of joint problems and problems with arthritis earlier in life
- Increased risk during anaesthesia and surgery
- Increases risk of cancer developing
- Reduces fertility
- Increases risks of reproductive issues
- Increases risk of urinary tract issues
How can we help?
Our nurses can advise you on diet and exercise, for example:
- Healthy alternatives to treats – so you can still use treats for your pets
- Working out the exact amount of calories your pet should be having
- Advising on weighing out how much food your pet should have per meal and if needed changing to another lower fat or weight loss diet
- Methods to encourage exercise, play and movement – especially in some of the most lazy cats!
So if you would like your pet assessed then please make a free of charge appointment with one of our nurses Steff or Rhiannon.