Braveheart

Braveheart

Every month, we honour an animal for extreme bravery with our Brave Heart Award.

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Jake

OCTOBER 2011 - JAKE

BREED: English Springer Spaniel

AGE: 11 years

WHAT HAPPENED: Breathlessness due to being overweight

Case Description:

Jake was brought into the surgery by his owner’s at the end of April 2011.Jake was panting excessively and generally unsettled in the warmer weather , he came in weighing just over 25.5kgs, 5kg over what he should be. His clinical signs were all due to being overweight.

 

Jake’s owner’s were aware that at 11 years old, he wasn’t getting any younger and wanted him as fit as possible, for as long as possible.

 

After making an appointment at one of our nurse weight clinic’s, Jake was put on a weight reducing diet and advised on an appropriate exercise regime. Also gone were the treats and roast dinners! After some subtle feeding changes Jake lost 1.5kg in 3 weeks.

 

After four months, Jake had almost reached his target weight and was beginning to feel the benefits from it. Gone was the panting and breathlessness and at 20.3kg he was able to exercise as well as dogs much younger than himself. He has now moved onto a maintenance diet to try and keep him at a steady weight.

 

Shedding 5.3kg has given Jake a new lease of life. If your animal needs some weight loss, please contact the surgery to make an appointment at one of our nurse clinics.

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