Why weight clinics at Boundary Vets can help your pet.
17th January 2019
We all want the very best for our pets, which is why we are proud to offer your four-legged friends weight clinics to help keep them healthy and give them both the best quality of life and length of life!
Being either overweight or underweight can have serious consequences on their health, with major organs and joints all affected. Not being about their ideal weight can also impact on their mental health.
Our nursing team can help your pet reach their ideal weight, through education, support and advice. It is why this blog has been written – to help those battling with weight issues in their pets.
It is getting common knowledge that there is a pet obesity problem, with some studies finding almost 60% of pets in the UK are carrying to much weight. Pets often enjoy the life of luxury or comfort – while that is wonderful we also have an obligation to keep their health the best we can as well. It’s very easy to give into those longing eyes and looks – and provide them a treat, but without exercise to match and burn those calories, health problems can arise.
One of the main problems if the strain it puts on the joints – joint disease is common in dogs, cats and even rabbits – in fact many are likely to develop a form of arthritis during their lives as they get older. Some will also develop it earlier, those prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.
Putting extra pressure and strain on these joints from weight can cause a lot of pain and so the animal will not want to exercise through discomfort – hence an ongoing cycle of weight problem and pain.
Some pets can also suffer with skin conditions, mainly from the inablilty to groom themselves properly. The pet may want to clean themselves, but simply cannot reach them due to weight and/or pain. This can have a knock-on effect as species such as rabbits, need to keep clean, for the risk of flystike – which is an often fatal condition.
There are a many other diseases associated with overweight pets and these include:
Obesity also increases the risks associated with anaesthesia and surgical procedures. It also causes heat intolerance for pets, meaning that the summer months can be unbearable – especially if the weather is like the summer of 2018.
Being underweight can come with its own set of problems. Malnourishment can lead to:
So why come to our weight clinics? What can we do to help you and your pet? With so many myths about what is the right weight for a pet, and what diet and exercise programs are best, our knowledgeable nurses can help give truth to these myths and help you understand where your pet sits on the body condition scale.
After a detailed history taking of your pet’s habits, usual daily regime, likes and dislikes, and once they have examined them from nose to tail, our nurses will devise the best program for your pet. It is not a one-size fits all approach and a plan will be tailored specifically to your pet depending on the amount of weight they need to lose or gain and what, if any, medical conditions they suffer with.
So, if you feel that this year is the time to do something to help your overweight or underweight pet, please get in touch with us and together we’ll help you, help them reach their ideal weight. Getting fit doesn’t have to be a chore for them and it will benefit their health no end!