At this time of year we are full of good intentions and often more willing to give new, healthier habits a try. If your pet has gained a few pounds over Christmas, or has been needing to lose weight for some time, why not let us help?
Our nurses can calculate a healthy, safe weight loss plan using a high-quality calorie-controlled diet, to put your pet back on track.
Book in for a complimentary weight clinic to get started!
Studies have shown that carrying excess weight can shorten a pet’s life, and reduce the quality of that life. Quality of life can be affected because overweight pets are more likely to suffer from arthritis, breathing difficulties, heart problems and diabetes.
Weight loss can be achieved best through a combination of diet and exercise. Increasing exercise will help burn calories, but is rarely enough on its own. Also, overweight pets may struggle with all but very gentle exercise, especially if the weather is hot. Start gradually, and build up duration and intensity over time to prevent injury.
At their ideal weight, pets should have a clearly defined waist when viewed from above, a clearly tucked up waist when viewed from the side and ribs which are easily felt without excess fat coverage. Your vet or nurse will be able to ‘body condition score’ your pet to give an indication of ideal healthy weight.
Safe weight loss is approximately 1% of body weight per week, and most overweight pets are at least 15% over their ideal weight. So, any weight loss plan is likely to take at least 15 weeks to complete. Safe weight loss is particularly important for cats, as liver problems can occur if they lose weight too rapidly by ‘crash’ dieting.
Once a target weight is reached, adjustments can be made to prevent further weight loss, but prevent the weight creeping back on. We are here to help you every step of the way.