Is my pet overweight?
October 14, 2021
Today is #petobesityawarenessday. Part of a healthy lifestyle for your pet is making sure that their weight is where it should be. Excess weight can have a big effect on your pet’s health. It can affect their kidney’s their joints and even their ability to move and exercise as they should.
How do I access support?
You can access these weight clinics in a couple of ways. A vet might want to offer support to an owner during the routine annual booster health check. They can refer a patient to an RVN in the first instance. They can put together a bespoke programme to help with any kind of weight issue. The vet may also refer your pet if they have gained weight after neutering. This is a common issue after this type of procedure.
Owners can also self-refer if they think their pet has any kind of weight issue. An owner can also self-refer if they have a puppy or kitten and want some support in the first year of life to make sure they get a good nutritional start in life. Weight clinics are a great way to socialise a new puppy or kitten too. It is a non-intrusive visit where they will only be weighed and measured (and probably cuddled a lot too) so associating visits with something pleasant and exciting.
You can also download a leaflet from the PDSA here, which is a comprehensive guide for owners to identify if their dog is a healthy shape, is overweight or underweight, tips on eating well, ideas for play and exercise and how to keep treats healthy and much, much more!
The clinics can also offer preventative support; for example if your pet has undergone surgery and needs to cage rest, adjustments to their diet might be needed so ensure they maintain an ideal weight.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s weight, get in touch with our Client Care team via PetsApp or by phone.
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