Keeping your pets at optimum weight is vital for their well-being. For this reason, we at Cogges run a special weight clinic programme which will help you obtain the optimum weight for you pet. When you come to see us and your pet is deemed a little ‘hefty’, you will be referred to the nurse who runs the weight clinic. It is free and it is fun.
If your pet is overweight, it is usually because it is eating too much, or it is not getting enough exercise. However, it is always best to get your vet to check if there are any health problems.
Obesity can lead to:
- Heart and circulatory problems
- Respiratory problems
- Urinary tract infections
- Diabetes mellitus
- Increased risk during surgery and anaesthetics
In addition, osteoarthritus can be more painful in obese patients. From all this it follows that weight management is crucial for a happier and more active life, especially in the senior pet.
How do I manage my pet’s weight?
Weight loss is obtained gradually, and while it takes time and effort, the results are worth it.
Dogs and cats should be fed a high fibre diet, split into at least 2 meals a day. Please discuss quantities with your vet or nurse.
Measure the exact recommended ration, and stick to the regime.
Try not to feed too many titbits. If you do, make sure they are low-fat treats and maybe a little of the daily food ration.
There are a number of toys available to encourage exercise, so check them out and use them if suitable.
Do not give in to begging! Instead give dogs a low calorie treat when they have performed a positive task, such a fetching a toy. Remember, a good cuddle is often as rewarding as a treat.
Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
It is very important to stick to the new regime, and to get the whole family involved. One person can spoil all the hard work. A drastic reduction in food is not usually necessary, and because we do not want your pet to feel hungry all the time, we can recommend high fibre foods that will make your pet feel more satisfied. Try to feed low-fat treats such a raw carrot.
In addition, ask us about special prescription diets.