Cut the fat!

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Chubby critters

Obesity is a widespread problem amongst pets. Overweight dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and even tortoises can be found in homes across the country. Vets report that over half of their patients are too fat. This is often the result of good intentions of people who spoil their pets to show that they love them. Unfortunately, this has negative consequences. However good treats taste at the time, they later create a huge strain on animals’ hips in the form of fat deposits. Being overweight can lead to joint problems, shortness of breath, liver damage, diabetes, and heart and circulatory problems.

How do I know that my pet is overweight? You can see it, feel it and identify it in their behaviour. You should be able to feel cat’s ribs, hips and waist when you pet them. Ribs are visible in short-haired dogs of a normal weight. Overweight pets are often sluggish or even short of breath, have problems running and can be aggressive. There is only one solution, step on the brakes and put your pet on a diet with more play and cuddling instead of treats. Keep portions a little smaller and ask about diet feed at your local Maxi Zoo.

Prevention starts with weighing

It is also a good idea to talk to your vet about diet before it becomes a problem. They can work out how many calories your animal needs to maintain their ideal weight. The best way to prevent extra pounds is exercise. Set up your home in a way that cats can move around, with spots to observe, caves and places to hide.

Keeping them slim and healthy is a much greater sign of love for any pet!