Weight management doesn't need to sit on your mind.
We have advice on how best to tackle obesity in your pet, supporting both you and your pet every step of the way.
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.
It is vital that your pet sustains a healthy weight to help delay the start of long-term diseases that may result in being overweight. 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 begins to lose weight, you can often begin to notice improvements in their activity levels within 4 weeks. Not only this but they may appear to be less anxious, take part in more 'play' with you and enjoy a happier and healthier life.
Being overweight can causes the following risks:-
- Heart disease
- Breathing problems
- High blood pressure
- Lethargy and reluctance to exercise
- Inability to clean themselves properly
To give both you and your pet more time to be active an dplay together, we can support you with weight management programmes including nutrion plans to keep your pet feelin ghealthy and happy.
We can support with diet and the optimum environments for your pet to live in, as well as providing guidance on how best keep your pet fit and healthy through exercise.
Is my pet at risk from obesity?
Some factors beyond our control can mean our pets are at more risk from obesity such a breed, age, gender. However, it goes without saying, that excess weight is simply an intake of too many calories compared with calories burnt off. Animals that are carrying extra weight are susceptible to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and can cause breathing and heart problems too. If you are concerned, it is worth asking your veterinary team here at Maven Vets how we can help you.
Is my pet overweight?
Knowing when your pet has put on some extra weight if important. When you hold your pet, you should be able to easily feel their ribs. If you are unsure or can't, book your pet in with us and on eof our expert team will help and provide support for you and your pet.
What exercise should my pet be doing?
Activities and exercise should be based upon your pets breed, age, gender and physical ability. Workin gout what stimulates and occupies your pet will help you understand how to get them activity and build an exercise routine that works for them. Our team can provide support if required along the way.
What happens during a weight consultation appointment?
The vet or veterinary nurse will get a comprehensive history from you and perform a full clinical examination. Your pet will be weighed and receive a body condition score. Depending on what is found recommendations will be made. If a medical condition is suspected further tests such as blood tests might be advised. If not, advice will be given on exercise and diet to help get your pet back to a healthy weight.