Obesity

A problem for pets

81% of vets and nurses have seen a rise in obese pets

Why is obesity a problem?

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

Obese cats are 3x more likely to develop diabetes

How obesity 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 animal welfare problem of pet obesity 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 your veterinarian.

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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.

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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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Visit your vet for further advice

Vets4Pets practices offers weight management classes and can create a personalised weight loss plan for your pet.

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Read the Vet Report for more information

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