Is My Pet A Healthy Weight?

Some pet breeds are pre-disposed to being overweight, such as Labradors, Rottweilers, Beagles and Pugs.

But perception of weight and understanding what ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ mean’s for our pets is sadly lacking, and this is proven by the current pet obesity epidemic here in the UK.

As we become more used to seeing overweight pets it also becomes more difficult to appreciate what a healthy weight should be. There are significant health risks associated with being overweight such as: diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, liver disease, pancreatitis and cancer to name a few.

Be honest with yourself about what you are feeding your pet and all those little extras that they get fed, on top of their daily bowls of food. The portion size of their daily meals and treat values (fat content) are hugely important too.

Most pet food manufacturers will include feeding guidelines on the food packaging. Remember these are just guidelines and we should always use common sense when preparing our pets daily meals. Using a measuring cup for portioning out meals is better than guessing a portion but using a digital kitchen scale is ideal. The discrepancies between each makes a BIG difference.

And then you must factor in the treats too!

A good quality dog or cat food will provide balanced nutrition and everything your pet needs to be healthy. Be cautious of feeding treats such as dental chews or those that have added vitamins and minerals. These are all simply dog or cat treats too..!

Did you know that a 30g chunk of cheddar cheese to a cat is equivalent to a person eating 6 doughnuts?

Modern life and busy lifestyles mean we seem to have less time to exercise the dog or play with the cat, but similarly to human health, exercise is a crucial part of the healthy-weight equation.

Cats enjoy working for their food, by nature they are hunters, so activity feeders work well for them, plus it can boost their wellbeing.

For dog owners, consider signing up for a new training class. There are so many exciting groups for all ages and abilities, including scent training and trick classes. You and your dog will get so much out of it. Plus, these training classes help to build bonds and trust.

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is something that all owners can do.

There are many online resources to help you understand what an ideal weight is for your pet, checking ribs, waistline and tummy:

Click here for – Body Condition Score Video

If you can easily feel your pets’ ribs and your pet has waist definition, they are not too skinny, this is an ideal weight!

If you are concerned about your pet’s weight and need support, then visit your Vet or go and see the Vet Nurse at your local practice to talk about how you can help your pet achieve an ideal BCS.

Through our pets app, myBuddy we always provide the best guidance we can to help you with issues that affect your pets, whether cats, dogs, rats, rabbits or reptiles. However, we would always recommend you call your vet or get in touch via the myBuddy app.