Happy New Year!!
Did you know, weight control (and management) is the number one thing a pet owner can do to increase the length of their pet’s life?
In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, does your pet need to lose a bit of weight? We can help you determine if this is the case- stop in with your pet, and we can show you how to body condition score!
Before making a drastic change to their lifestyle, make sure there is no underlying medical reasons to their excess weight, and confirm with the vet your pet can be safely transitioned to a new diet.
The list is long, however just to name a few of the health risks involved with excess weight on your pet…
- Increase heart disease and risk of high blood pressure
- Reduced mobility and Increased incidence of arthritis
- Increased risk of skin and urinary tract infections diseases
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased fat puts pressure on the lungs leading to increased breathing problems
- Greater risk during anaesthetic and surgery since they have reduced lung function, sometimes reduced liver and kidney function, and greater risk of incisional infection
These effects, contribute to a reduced life span and negatively affect the quality of a pet’s life. However even with a few small changes in their diet, you can dramatically change the course of your pet’s health. Talk to the vet about a weight loss diet, typically these are high fibre, low calorie density products. These diets contain components that accelerate metabolism, effectively burning calories faster, and they have excellent palatability! Additionally, by spreading out their meals to 3-4 smaller meal per day, results in more calories burned. Then add in a brisk walk twice daily for 15-20 minutes for dogs, and for cats, two 5-15-minute play times daily.
Pets that are healthy and physically fit tend to live longer, are happier, and enjoy life more! Talk with the vet and find out how you can keep your pet physically fit!
Join our pet weight loss challenge for the month of January, come in for weekly weigh-ins, and if your pet has lost weight, receive a VIP point (maximum 1 point per week)!!