Weight management doesn't need to weigh on your mind.
We have advice on how best to tackle obesity, offering support every step of the way for you and your pet.
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.
Some long-term diseases may be a direct result of your pet being overweight, but helping your pet maintain a healthy weight can help delay them. Pets being overweight can reduce quality and quantity of life. Maintaining a healthy weight can help keep healthcare costs down and reduce the need to administer to your overweight pet.
Did you know... it can take 4 weeks from your pet losing weight to notice improved levels of activity. From this point, they will also begin to 'play' again, be less anxious and start to enjoy life as a happier and healthier pet.
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 are able to support you with weight management programmes and nurtirtion plansd for your pet, giving you both more time to be active and play.
We can provide guidance and support on the optimium environment for your pet, dietary needs and requirements for 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 Peak Vets about ways we can help.
Is my pet overweight?
It's important to understand if your pet is carrying a little extra weight. As a rule of thumb, when holding your pet, you should be able to easily feel their ribs, but if you are unsure, bring your pet in to see one of our expert team who will be able to advise accordingly.
What exercise should my pet be doing?
Exercise activity should be based on age, breed, gender and current physical abilities. Working out then what stimulates your pet and keeps them occupied should then follow to help build an exercise routine that works for them. We can support with tips and advice 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.