Maintaining your pet's ideal weight is essential to their health. But with weight gain on the rise for dogs and cats across Australia, how do you know if you are feeding your pet right?
Overweight pets often have joint and mobility issues, and are at increased risk of developing skin complaints and diabetes. To better spot and prevent these issues, get a free weight check for your pet today.
Let one of our experienced veterinarian nurses conduct a weight check, free of charge, and find out how you can help your pet maintain a healthy weight while staying happy and content.
During the check, a qualified nurse can assess your pet's weight and help you to develop a diet and exercise plan to bring your pet’s weight down slowly and safely. The diet plan may involve a change of diet to a low-calorie brand, and will definitely involve portion control.
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if your pet is overweight, particularly if they have a heavy coat! The best method is to run your hands over your pet’s flanks. You should be able to feel the last 4-5 ribs on either side, with a good cover of skin overtop. Remember that the ribs shouldn’t be too easy to feel, but also that you shouldn’t have to dig too hard to feel them either!
If your dog has a short coat, you should be able to see a discernible waist when looking at your dog both from the side and from the top.
Cats should also have a bit of a waist when viewed from above, and minimal tummy fat when viewed from the side.
Feeding a caloric restricted diet is just one part of your pets weight loss journey. We recommend having a free weight check so a weight loss plan can be created specifically suited to your pet and lifestyle. This plan gives your pet a greater chance of successfully losing weight and most importantly, keeping it off in future!
Excess weight doesn’t only occur in pets that are fed extra calories. Weight gain can also be influenced by lack of exercise and physiological influences like age, breed and neutering.
If you have a multi pet household and struggle to feed them separately, the easiest solution may be to feed all your pets on the diet food. Most weight loss diets will have a weight loss and a maintenance feeding plan so you can safely feed all your pets on the same diet. Our vet team can help you create a feeding plan that suits you, your pets and your lifestyle.
Yes! Normal fee’s will apply for the health check and vaccination.