One of the biggest challenges seen by many vets in the UK is having to deal with obese dogs. It is a serious problem that is often overlooked by many owners. Unfortunately, overweight pets are at a higher risk of getting diabetes, heart disease, respiratory and joint conditions. Because of this, Towcester Vets would like to help locals in the area to keep their pet trim and tackle pet obesity once and for all! Take a look at the advice below and don’t forget you can visit any of our small animal clinics to use the pet weighing scales free of charge.
Be calorie aware
Did you know that your ‘treats’ are full of calories contributing to your pet’s weight gain? 1 medium Jumbone treat is the human equivalent of eating 3 burgers and half a chocolate bar! 1oz of cheddar cheese is the human equivalent of 1.5 chocolate bars, and a slice of bread equates to 3 bags of crisps. Keep treats to a minimum and try to stick to a portion-controlled diet recommended by your vet. Your vet will also be able to work out how many calories your pet should be eating a day depending on their exercise habits and lifestyle. For example, a working gun dog will need to consume more calories than a retired dog. The calorie intake is also determined on the temperature outside so getting advice from a professional and using a tailored diet will help your pet stay lean and healthy.