This is the time of year when some of us are thinking of our waistlines and making resolutions to cut back the pounds that we have piled on over the festive period. Spare a thought for your pets at this time too: being overweight can seriously affect their health too . Remember that what they eat and, particularly for dogs, how much they exercise is entirely up to you, their owner.
Being overweight can lead to simple problems for your pets such as difficulty grooming themselves, reduced exercise tolerance and difficulty fitting into their bed, cat flap, litter tray etc . However, obesity can contribute to pets developing much more serious health conditions that can cut their lifespan such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as debilitating conditions including arthritis.
If you’re not sure whether your pet is overweight ask us to check, or have a look at the handy size-o-meters for dogs, cats and rabbits available at this link: PFMA ORG
We know loosing weight is not easy for anyone, even our pets, so our nurses run regular weight clinics and can advise you on how to help your animal loose weight and what you should be feeding them. The first session costs just £10 when the nurse will work out a detailed diet plan for your pet, but subsequent weight check-ups to monitor progress and adjust the diet are free.
You can make an appointment to see one of our qualified nurses at a time to suit you – just mention it is for a weight check-up.