Just like us pets require a diet that is linked to their age and activity levels and unfortunately up to 50% of Irish dogs and cats are above their ideal weight. The most common reason for this is that their well meaning owners give them extra food or treats.
Older pets are less active and so need fewer calories. Some breeds such as Labradors, Spaniels and mixed breed cats are more likely to gain weight and neutered animals also need less food as the procedure alters their metabolism.
Please monitor your pet’s weight. At Ark Vetcare we weigh pets at each visit. The signs of weight gain include the loss of an obvious waist and the ribs that cannot be easily felt. You may have had to loosen your pet’s collar. When obesity sets in you will notice slow movement and a shortness of breath. Being unfit like this will only contribute to further weight gain.
Being overweight will predispose a pet to diabetes, arthritis and heart and lung disease. At Ark Vetcare, you and your pet will receive invaluable advice about keeping your pet fit and well. You will be given advice on exercise and a calorie-controlled diet for your pet. You will then be supported through regular appointments so that your companion’s weight can be monitored. It is very much like weight watchers for your pet!