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Is Your Pet Overweight?

Is Your Pet Overweight?

Did you know that around 50 per cent of Britain's pets are overweight?

Did you also know that overfeeding an animal can be just as cruel as underfeeding?

Extra fat affects their comfort and their health and unfortunately most pet owners are guilty of slipping their pet the odd tit-bit, expecially at Christmas when everyone is tempted to overindulge!

Remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs! If you want to give your dog the occasional chocolate treat, stick to special doggie chocolate drops.

Should I worry if my pet if overweight?

Yes, because we all love our pets but we know that overweight pets have shorter lives, find it more difficult to withstand surgery and also find it harder to recover from illness.

Overweight pets can develop and worsen conditions ranging from skin disease, heat intolerance, diabetes, arthritis, back and heart problems.

Is my Cat or Dog overweight?

As a responsible dog or cat owner, you will want to monitor your pet's weight to keep him healthy, active, and give him a long life.

To do that properly, you will need to know the signs that indicate whether your pet is overweight.

You can ask your vet to weigh your pet each time you call for immunizations or checkups, but to avoid a needless trip and additional expenses there are signs you can look for at home.

View your pet's profile from the side. Your pet's relaxed stance should reveal a belly that arches up slightly and is neatly tucked up between his hind legs. His chest will then appear to hang slightly lower.

View your pet from above. The belly should also show a defined waist, with his hind quarters appearing slightly smaller than his chest.

Feel for his ribs. The ribs should not be visibly prominent, but if you find it difficult to find them by touch, your pet is definitely overweight.

Look for pouches of fat in the groin area between the hind legs.

If, after using these three guidelines, you find there is no distinction between these two areas when viewing from above and from the side, or his ribs are not easily distinguishable, he is definitely overweight and needs to shed those chunky pounds. For the sake of his health, you will need to make some changes in his food and lifestyle.

Give your pet more excercise - a cat run or dog run are a great idea to keep you pet in the outdoors.  They will keep your pet dry and also safe from harm.  Remember that walking your dog frequently is essential to keep him in trim.

What about my Rabbit?

Many rabbits could also benefit from a calorie-controlled diet.  Rabbits tend to eat only their favourite morsels from concentrated rabbit food, often leaving the healthier food behind.

Rabbits also need plenty of excercise and too often they are just left in their hutch day after day and are not provided with enough space to hop around in. 

Check out our selection of hutches and runs on our site and try to purchase the largest hutch you can afford as rabbits needs space to move around in and to sit up on their hind legs. 

The longer the rabbit run the better unless you have a rabbit-safe garden your pet can hop  around in. 

Rabbits need as much exercise as an average small pet dog in order to remain healthy and not get overweight. 

Rabbits thrive on high roughage diets including lots of hay and grass plus pellets. This diet keeps them slim and also helps prevent intestinal and dental disease.

Before putting any pet on a diet you must have it checked out by a vet. Your pet may be suffering from an underlying medical problem that has influenced the weight gain.