Some dogs may gain weight after neutering, a change in routine or perhaps after lameness problems meaning they can not be exercised off the lead. Cats can also gain weight after neutering, changes in the weather meaning they spend more time inside, or as they get older they can be inclined to become more sedentary.
Tackling weight gain is surprisingly simple – animals need to eat less and exercise more! However, it requires tough love and commitment from the whole family. This means no treats (which can be highly calorific) or substituting fatty treats for healthier options like carrots for dogs. Encouraging your dog or cat to exercise through play can help increase their activity, so throwing toys (not sticks!) for dogs and using toys for cats that need them to chase things or jump are all good options.
Feeding-wise, there are many commercial diets available for weight loss – ask one of our vets or nurses to advise you on the best option for your pet. If you would prefer to keep feeding your pet’s current food, reducing the amount in a gradual fashion whilst cutting out treats is a good start.
Our doors are always open for patients who are dieting to come in to be weighed – no appointment is needed. If you would like to discuss your pet’s weight loss plan with a nurse please call us to book in a time and there will be no fee for this consultation. We are keen to support and encourage you and your pet to reach their weight loss goal so please let us know how we can help.
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