Did you know
Over 40% of dogs and over 30% of cats in New Zealand are at least 10% over their ideal weight, classing them as overweight or obese?* Being a healthy weight is important to the overall health of your pet, it helps reduce the risk of some long-term diseases and makes for a more active, enjoyable life.
Just as it can do in humans, weight gain can creep up on your pet; particularly in cats who can be ultra sneaky in pretending that they haven't already had their morning feed.
The main reasons for an excessive weight gain in pets are; excessive amounts of food given daily, excessive treats or low exercise levels. Due to pets small size only a small increase in food can tip their calorie intake over the balance and can result in weight gain.
Causes of obesity
- Excessive amounts of food and treats given daily
- Low exercise levels
- Age; metabolic rate and exercise levels decrease as pet's age
- Certain breeds
- Neutered pets
- Hormone imbalances such as hypothyroidism and Cushing's disease
Is your pet's weight healthy?
If you answer yes to any of the below questions your pet may be at risk of obesity so we would highly recommend you talk to your veterinarian about a weight management programme.
- Is it difficult to feel their individual ribs?
- Do they have little or no defined waist?
- Are they feed table scraps such as the crusts off your toast or left overs?
- Do they refuse to or are they disinterested in exercise and play?
- Will they keep eating until all food is gone or regularly steal other pet’s food?
- Do they tire easily on walks?
- Shortened life span
- Increased risk of joint and mobility difficulties
- Skin conditions and lower resistance to infections
- Greater risk to complications during surgery
- Heart disease
- Higher risk or neurological, respiratory or reproductive disorders
Determine your pet's ideal weight
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If you have concerns for your pet, we highly recommend booking them in for an appointment and here are some tips to try.
- Set long term goals; keep on track by having a weigh-in every two weeks
- Change behaviours; replace food treat rewards with showing affection such as playing, brushing or patting
- Change their diet to low calorie and high fibre to control hunger
- Feed twice daily; with specific amounts of food per feed for your pet's weight
- Exercise; engage your pet in active play for at least ten minutes, twice a day and take your dog for a daily walk
Ensuring you have the right weight-management plan for your pet is critical to maintaining a healthy weight for your pet and the health benefits are invaluable to their over all health and well being. If you have any concerns or questions be sure to contact your local vet clinic for advice.
Terms and Conditions apply. Offers available 7 January - 31 March 2019. Consult is with a Veterinary Nurse. Excludes pets under one year old. If you pet is already on a prescription diet we do not advise any changes unless a full consultation and required diagnostics are undertaken and medical records are transferred to us. Offer includes the Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic and Metabolic Plus ranges or the Royal Canin Obesity Management or Satiety Management ranges. Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Further diagnostic testing and treatment will be at an additional charge.