Just like humans, animals can become overweight if they eat too much, are fed an incorrect diet or don’t exercise regularly. As well as being bad for their waistline, becoming overweight will put your pet at risk of developing serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Animals have a tendency to eat whatever they are given until it is gone. It’s extremely important that your pet eats the correct amount of food for their breed and size. You should also ensure that the diet they are being fed doesn’t contain more energy than your pet uses.
Lots of factors can contribute to your pet gaining weight. Your furry friends’ age, breed, sex and neuter status can all play a part in becoming overweight.
Making sure your pet exercises regularly has a number of benefits. Not only will it prevent them from putting on weight, but their joints will remain in good health and you will have plenty of opportunity to spend quality time with your four legged friend.
If you’re concerned about your pet’s weight, we can help. At Bay Vets our nurses and veterinary surgeons work closely together, and can create personalised diet plans for your pet; whether they need to gain or lose weight. You will also be invited along to one of our FREE Slimpossible clinics that work similarly to the human meetings.
In the meantime, if you are concerned about your pet’s weight you can monitor it in between their annual visit to the vet. You should be able to see the outline of their ribs, see and feel their waist, and when you look at them from the side, their stomach should be tucked up out of view. If these points do not apply to your furry friend, bring them to see one of our friendly professionals at Bay Vets.
If you would like more information about which diet you should be feeding your pet, or you are concerned that they are gaining or losing too much weight, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can book a free consultation with one of our nurses who will provide you will lots of great information and tips on how to manage your pet’s waistline effectively.