Diet and Weight Management
Don’t give in to those puppy dog eyes at the dinner table –the wrong foods could cause your pet to put on weight
When it comes to diets the majority of us try to be good as often as possible (which makes it okay to have a treat or two every now and again). We’re careful about what we eat because we know about the negative effect a poor diet can have on our figures, as well as our overall health. Exactly the same principle applies to your pet.
Dogs will typically eat whatever they are given until it is gone. While cats demonstrate a little more self-control, if you are giving your companion a diet that contains more calories than they are burning, it could cause them to put on weight. In time, weight gain can lead to strain on your pet’s joints, reluctance to exercise and in extreme cases, major health conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
Exercising your pet doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be good fun and a great opportunity to bond. Why not build an obstacle course in the garden for your rabbit? Or make your own dangly toys for your cat?
It’s important to keep your pet as active as possible in between visits to the vet. Encouraging your cat to jump, your dog to run and your rabbit to hop around the garden are all great ways to keep the pounds from piling on. Exercise also has a great mental impact on animals, and will keep them happy as well as healthy.
The best way to ensure your companion is a healthy weight and eating the right diet is to take them to see a vet once a year. At STAR Vet Clinic, as well as thoroughly examining your pet during their annual check-up, we can also offer friendly advice to help you resist your pet’s ‘puppy dog eyes’ at the dinner table. We also hold weight clinics to create your companion a bespoke diet plan, and monitor their progress.
Please note: With thousands of pet foods readily available in shops you’d be forgiven for not knowing which one is right for your companion. If you become a member of our Shining STAR Loyalty Scheme, we also offer a cost price food scheme too, saving you money on that specialist food. If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, or would like to speak with a veterinary professional about their diet or our loyalty plan, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For more information about diets and weight management, or to book an appointment for your pet at our practice, please contact our friendly team by calling 01530 270170.
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Phone: 01530 270170
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