Health Risks in Overweight Pets-Did you know you might literally be killing your pet with kindness?
Extra daily treats to your pets are a nice indulgence, but in reality, the extra goodies are damaging to your pets internal organs.
Pets carrying extra weight can put demands on almost every organ within the body. Health risks to overweight pets are serious and can be life threatening. All owners should be aware of these risks.
Common illnesses due to obesity includes; diabetes mellitus, damage to joints bones and ligaments, increased blood pressure and heart disease, difficulty breathing and stamina, heat intolerance, decreased liver function, digestive disorders, decreased immunity, skin and hair problems, increased risk of cancer, increased surgical anaesthetic risk and decreased quality and length of live.
Weight should be lost slowly!! Only 1-3% of body weight should be lost a week. There are many small changes that you can make to help your pet lose weight; for example, you can feed your pet a specialist food designed for weight loss, or even reduce the amount of your pets usual food for each meal and snacking should be controlled and taken into account when feeding your pet.
For further advice, please call for an appointment to see one of our nurses for a free weight clinic.