Weight Loss Advice & Diets

Feeding the correct diet to your pet is a must for a long and healthy life.  Our nurses are trained to give expert advice regarding nutrition.  Obesity can cause many health problems for dogs and cats.  If you feel your pet may be overweight, feel free to come into Sanford Veterinary Clinic and one of our nurses can assess your pet and recommend a weight loss program to suit your pet's needs.

Why is my pet's weight so important?

Research has shown that around 41% of dogs and 32% of cats are overweight to some degree.  An overweight pet is at risk from a whole range of problems including diabetes, heart disease, skin complaints, breathing difficulties and arthritis.

Weight gain in pets is normally the result of an increase in body fat.  This is most commonly caused by a pet eating too much, often combined with a lack of exercise.  If more energy is being gained from food than is used, the surplus will be stored in the body as fat.

By maintaining healthy weight you can reduce the risks associated with obesity and help your pet lead a longer, more energetic life.

How do I know if my pet is overweight?

You may notice some of these changes:

  • Ribs can't be felt without applying a fair amount of pressure
  • Pet obsessed with food
  • Pet is inactive most of the time
  • Loss of obvious waist and maybe even a belly wobble when walking or running
  • You may have had to loosen your pets collar
  • You've been told you pet is overweight (a dead giveaway!)

I think my pet may need to lose a few kilograms.....what now?

If your pet has not had a recent check-up, it is best to come in for a consultation with a veterinarian for an examination.  Whilst weight gain is an obvious explanation for the above changes, it can also indicate illness or disease.  Before starting a weight loss program it is best to confirm your pet is as healthy as they can be considering the extra kilograms they are carrying.  We will then introduce you to our weight loss program.

We offer a weight management program tailored to your pet, to help them reach and maintain their optimal body weight.  A regulated exercise program will help promote total wellness for maximum benefit for your pet.  The use of high quality veterinary diets means that your pet will not miss out on any essential nutrients throughout their weight management program.

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