Pet weight management

What problems can occur with overweight pets?

Just like humans, overweight pets are more susceptible to a range of associated medical conditions, including osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer. Overweight pets typically have a lower quality of life and die younger than healthy-weight pets.

How being overweight affects your pet

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Due to the extra weight they are continually carrying around, overweight animals are less energetic, less willing to play and generally get less enjoyment out of life. Owners do not always recognise this if their pet gains weight gradually or has always been overweight.

Why do pets become overweight?

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Exercise & energy expenditure

One of the most effective strategies for addressing the problem of overweight pets is to prevent pets from becoming overweight in the first place.

Improve your pet's lifestyle

Select your pet type to find out how to help your pet stay a healthy weight. As always, for more information, check with the team at your local vet practice.

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How to help your pet lose weight

Tips for managing weight loss

Gradually increase physical activity

In accordance with your pet's health and age.

For puppy specific advice click below.

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Any diet changes must also be introduced slowly

This is especially important in cats and rabbits, as rapid weight loss in these pets can cause life-threatening complications.

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Body condition scoring

Weight alone is not a good measure to see if your pet is healthy. Body condition scoring involves getting ‘hands on’ by feeling your pet’s ribs and waist. Our online guides can help you assess your pet’s body condition score.

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