Weight problems are commonplace amongst pets in the UK. Problems occur when a pet's energy intake is more than its energy output. This excess energy is then stored as fat under the skin and around the organs. In some cases, weight gain can be caused by medical problems. However, this is a small minority of cases.
Up to 60% of Pets in the UK are overweight or obese!
Our pets' instincts drive them to eat food whenever the opportunity arises. In the wild, a regular food supply is not guaranteed as it is in a domestic environment. Over-eating will lead to weight gain and associated problems such as:
- Heart disease
An overweight pet has a shorter life expectancy!
Once a pet becomes 30% overweight, it is now classified as an irreversible disease. This is due to the body’s inability to remove this amount of fat cells. Fat cells shrink rather than being removed, this makes fluctuation in weight much harder to control.
But all is not lost! Management is the key!
The best time to combat weight problems in animals is before they gain weight! However, if you are concerned that your pet may be overweight, or has put weight on, we offer a service to help - FOR FREE!
Tara and Chris, our Registered Veterinary Nurses here at Lowesmoor House Veterinary Centre, run free-of-charge weight clinics to help you help your pet, should weight become a problem. They will work together with you and your pet to help them get back to a healthy weight and maintain it!
For more information or advice, call us.