Weight Management at Monier Veterinary Clinic
Overweight and Obese Pets
Many pets are overweight or obese. Just like humans, pets that are overweight are at higher risk of suffering from many health problems that can be costly to treat and will reduce your pets quality and length of life. Problems associated with being overweight include type 2 diabetes, reduced mobility and osteoarthritis, heart disease and increased risk of injury (especially ligament tears).
How to tell if your pet is overweight:
Refer to the body condition score chart to assess if your pet is overweight or ask the veterinarian.
Run your hands over the pets ribs, you should be able to feel the ribs, spine and hip bones through a small layer of flesh, but you should not be able to see them.
Get your pet to stand. When looking at your pet from above, you should be able to see a waistline, behind the ribs and before the hips. When looking at your pet from the side you should be able to see an obvious abdominal tuck.
My pet is overweight, what should I do?
Bring in your pet in for a free weigh-in at Monier Veterinary Clinic for an initial consult with the nurse and come up with a plan to progress and get that excess weight off.
The principal of weight loss is increase exercise and decrease calorie intake.
- Take your pet for longer and more frequent walks
- Play with toys that encourage your pet to run and play
- Use slow release food balls to feed your pet
- Get your pet to chase a laser pointer around the house
- Start participating in an activity with your pet, such as agility
Decrease calorie intake:
- Feed a measured amount twice per day, remove uneaten food after 30 minutes and do not give any more until the next meal. Do not free feed your pet!
- Minimise or completely remove treats from the diet. Treats and table scraps should make up only 5-10% of the pets diet, 90% should be a complete good quality dry food.
- If you feed table scraps or treats, reduce the amount of dry food offered at the next meal.
- Use a good quality low calorie complete dry food. High quality food includes SuperWoof, UltraDog, Hills, Royal Canin and Eukanuba which are available from the vet.
The key to maintaining the weight loss program is commitment to routine. The benefits are that you and your pet will live longer and be healthier and happier!
At Monier Veterinary Clinic we are here to help you every step of the way.
Moniet Vet can help with:
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Wildlife medicine
- Avian medicine including looking after the health of your chooks
- Pocket Pets
- Advanced anaesthetic monitoring
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Emergency medicine
- Hospitalisation with client hospital visits welcomed
- Pathology (in-house diagnostics and external pathology laboratory)