Canberrans ask, is my pet overweight?
When it comes to your pet, you might think carrying a few extra kilos isn’t a big deal. Think again. Overweight pets are at an increased risk of arthritis, heart disease, respiratory disorders and diabetes. What is alarming is that that most people aren’t even aware that their pet is a bit portly.
The best way to tell if you pet is overweight is to take a closer look at them!
When you peer down from above, your pet will have lost definition of his waist. Instead of an hourglass figure he might look a bit round and may even resemble a barrel on legs. You might also have a bit of trouble feeling his ribs when you run your hands over his sides.
A very obese pet may have neck fat, a pendulous tummy as well as fat deposits over the hips.
If you are worried about your pet’s weight, we recommend that you book in for a FREE weight check with one of our weight loss program nurses. We will assess and discuss with you your pet’s body condition and, if necessary, start a weight loss plan.
The best news is that getting your pet to lose weight is easier than you think! Exercise will help but it is absolutely crucial you are feeding your pet the correct diet and the right amount. There are even diets available that will actually increase your pet’s metabolic rate to help your pet lose weight.
We are always happy to help you out in this department and are the best people to ask for more information.