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"If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise"

Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat that is enough to impair health, welfare and quality of life.

Obesity affects millions of animals, not just in the UK, but across the world. It is estimated that between 22 and 44% of cats and dogs are obese.

Obesity can cause serious health problems and make existing problems worse. As a result it can reduce both the length and quality of a pet’s life.

Just a few examples of potentially serious medical conditions associated with obesity in pets include:-

Diabetes mellitus
Orthopaedic disease
Heart disease
Respiratory distress
High blood pressure
Skin disease

Obesity also affects a pet’s ability to perform a range of natural behaviours.  An overweight pet may not be able to exercise without experiencing respiratory problems or heat stroke.

Is my pet overweight?

For dogs and cats there are a few simple checks you can do which, if carried out regularly, can help you to prevent your pet becoming obese.Pet Obesity

You should be able to see and feel the outline of your pet’s ribs without excess fat covering.

You should be able to see and feel your pet’s ‘waist’ and it should be clearly visible when viewed from above.

Your pet’s belly should be tucked up when viewed from the side.

If you are worried that your pet may be overweight call in to one of our clinics for a free weight check.

If your pet is overweight we can recommend diets and a weight reduction programme to suit your pet.

Remember that all pets, not just cats and dogs, can become obese.



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