Obesity is a disease that can be defined by excess of body fat that is enough to impair health, welfare and quality of life. It estimated that approximately 40% of the UK pet population is obese.
Obesity can lead to many other health issues such as:
- Joint problems
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
And can ultimately reduce your pet’s life span.
We run clinic's for cats and dogs, the price for these is broken into 3 weight brackets:
- Small dog / cat<10kg which is £65.00 and includes your first bag of 1.5kg (1.5-2kg in cats) food.
- Medium dog 10-25kg which is £90.00 and includes your first bag of 4kg food.
- Large dog >25kg which is £125.00 and includes your first bag of 12kg food.
For this price you get:
- the first bag of food
- 6 appointments with our Registered Nurses
- loyalty card or money off vouchers
- bag of treats for dogs or cat toy for cats
- free telephone advice
Although some diseases can cause obesity the main reason is simply eating more energy than your pet can use up, whether that is being too many calories, treats, tit bits or simply not getting enough exercise.
Every animal is different and you can have 2 dogs from the same litter that are within their correct weight range but actually have different calorie requirements so are not identical in weight. We use a body condition score chart to determine if your pets is overweight scoring from 1-5, here are a few simple checks you can perform to determine if your pet is overweight.
- You should easily be able to feel (not see) your pets ribs without having to push though a layer of fat
- By standing over the top of them you should see that they have a visible waist
- Your pets belly should be tucked up when viewed from the side.
If you feel that your pet could be overweight and you would like help or advice on your pet’s weight then why not join our St Annes Slimmers.
St Annes Slimmers is run by our Qualified Vet Nurses who are able to give your pet a health check over and if needed can recommend a weight reduction programme both suitable for you and your pet.
This may involve your pet going onto a prescription diet which is clinically proven to help your pet lose weight, planning a new exercise regime and ultimately keeping your pet 'fit for life'.
If you would like to book a consultation with a nurse then please call 01323 640011 to make an appointment.