Overweight pets is possibly the single most significant clinical problem we see at AlphaPet.
Pets that are overweight (in common with their human owners) are significantly more likely to suffer from a wide variety of serious and potentially fatal diseases such as arthritis, other orthopaedic injuries, skin disease, heart disease and breathing difficulties.
Frustratingly, many owners are surprised when it is pointed out that their pet probably should lose a few kilos. In many cases, they have got so used to seeing other pets of similar breeds also being seriously overweight that they have come to think this is normal and how they should look. And even when the weight problem is pointed out, the comment we often get back is “well, we hardly feed him anything at all”.
Self-‐deception is a big problem!
Often, on closer questioning, the daily tally of treats and titbits adds up to the equivalent of several Mars bars a day! And this on top of the fact that the animals are so overweight that their ability to exercise properly to burn off calories has long since been compromised, then sometimes the true picture starts to filter
These days though, we are moving away from just weighing pets and starting to judge pets by Body Condition Score – a bit like looking in the mirror yourself and judging if you are a bit overweight or not rather than just checking the scales. If you want to know more about this, then please check out the article on page 3 of
the Winter 2012 edition of AlphaPet News which you can find at http://www.alphapet.co.uk/alphapet-news or you can speak to one of our vets or qualified nurses.