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Weighty Issues
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Weighty Issues

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
through.

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.