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Keeping Your Pets In Shape This Summer

Like humans, your pet’s weight is mainly determined by a balance of diet and exercise. If your pet is overweight the normal cause will be due to overfeeding and lack of exercise, if you think you are giving your pet the right amount of these things then consult your vet to eliminate any potential underlying problems. It would also be the ideal to get your pet weighed at the vets so you have a platform which to start from.

Obesity in UK pets is more common than you may think, and is more likely to occur in older pets, pets that have been neutered or animals that prominently live indoors.

There are also serious health risks associated with obesity and these factors can significantly impact on your pets quality of life, and even shorten it.  The most common health issues linked with pet obesity are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Skin diseases

The extra weight your pet will be carrying around will also increase strain on joints and cartilage, which can cause pain and discomfort. This will not only mean costly trips to the vets but also the need for long term, costly medication.

By controlling their diet and maintaining a regular exercise routine, you can drastically help aid your pet’s health.

Exercise is a great way for them to shed excess weight and regular walks, for dogs, are essential in maintaining a healthy weight.

When it comes to dogs, It is important to build up their exercise routine.  Start with a short walk and every couple of weeks extend the walk for longer until they are happy with longer walks.

As it will be hotter in the Summer months, long walks can also have an affect on your dog’s health. That is why during the Summer it is better to take more shorter, frequent walks during the cooler periods during the day.

Also make sure that plenty of fresh water is always available. It might be worth investing in a travel bowel and to carry a bottle of water should your dog get hot during a walk.

Playing with your pet will raise their energy levels and keep them active, buy a toy you both can interact with. Try to restrict your pet to one or two meals a day, either one in the evening or split one meal in to two – giving one in the morning and one in the evening. Smaller portions will aid in weight loss while still achieving all your pet’s nutritional and calorific needs for the day.

We offer a range of brands all dealing specifically in obesity management and weight loss. Not sure which is right for you? Speak to our vet.

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