Don't wait to begin your dog or cat on their weight loss journey. Follow these simple steps to get started and have a slimmer, healthier and happier pet.
1. Consult your vet
Before putting your pet on a diet, it is important to seek
the advice of your veterinary surgeon. Some animals may be obese as a result of
a medical condition, certain drugs or rare genetic defects, and therefore it is
important to rule out clinical problems beforehand.
2. Don’t crash
Regardless of how overweight your pet is, just like humans,
cats and dogs should never crash diet, but instead make sustainable changes to
the daily routine to promote long-term good health.
your pet at a safe rate
A 0.5-2.0% loss of body weight per week is generally safe
for dogs. Cats should not lose more than 1% of body weight per week because
overly rapid weight loss and / or a sudden decrease of food can cause a serious
health condition called hepatic lipidosis. Many practices run free nurse
clinics and will be able to help you to weigh your cat or dog, advise of your
pet’s optimal weight and help you set smaller, achievable weight loss targets.
5. Gradual dietary changes
Any dietary change (be it a new food or a change to the
feeding volume) should be undertaken gradually. This will give the digestive
system time to cope with any new ingredients and the new nutrient balance, thus
helping to avoid digestive upsets.
5. Don't let them go hungry
Dramatic reductions in food are not recommended because your
pet is likely to become very hungry and may start to exhibit antisocial behaviours such
as begging and bin raiding.
Feeding too little can be just as harmful as feeding too
much, and may result in constipation, energy loss, a slower metabolic rate and
even nutrient deficiencies over time.
Although exercise is an important part of obesity
management, care must be taken with very obese or unfit animals, particularly
if these pets suffer from medical conditions related to their weight. Little
and often is the way forward, so make sure you incorporate some time into your
pet’s daily routine for exercise or physical fun and games as these are also
our FREE diet club!
If you need a little help getting your pet back down to
their ideal weight. We will provide advice, guidance and personalised
support to you every step of the way to ensure your pet regains their health
Arden Grange offers a range of products for cat and dogs
needing to lose weight, including options for pets with particularly sensitive
skin and digestions, dietary allergies or intolerances to ingredients within other
light diets on the market!
For more help and advice on your individual pet’s
requirements from our registered Veterinary Nurse and holder of the Certificate
in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition, Ness Bird click here