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Seven ways to cut calories from your dog or cat’s diet

Overhauling your pet’s diet can make a big difference if they are overweight. Ideally, this should be done with the help and support of a veterinarian, however, whilst the current lockdown measures are in place, there are a few options you can explore yourself to kickstart the process. Don’t forget, food is only part of…

How extra weight affects your pet’s mobility

Just like us humans, when pets carry extra weight their health, wellbeing, and mobility are affected. If you read our previous post on how to use a Body Condition Score to assess your pet’s weight, it’s time to understand more about mobility issues. As well as having a clear understanding of how to correctly condition…

How to assess your cat or dog’s weight using body condition scoring

Is your cat or dog overweight? It’s not always easy to tell by simply looking at them. The first thing to establish is how to correctly identify your pet’s body condition as this can then determine whether they need to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain their weight. Although the number on the weighing scales…

Health problems associated with overweight dogs and cats

Like most pet owners, you’re probably guilty of giving in to those puppy dog eyes and undeniable cuteness and giving your pet an extra treat, or two, or three… Understanding why maintaining a healthy weight is so important is integral for the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet. Just like humans, being overweight will…

Miniature Dachshunds hit the hydrotherapy pool in a bid to lose weight

Ted and Sausage have been on a diet since last October however unlike Ted, Sausage is having trouble shedding any weight…in fact, she’s heavier now than when she started. In a bid to kickstart her weight loss, Sausage took to the hydrotherapy pool! Swimming is proven to help some dogs lose excess weight and strengthen…

Dogs on diets: Ted and Sausage attend their post-Christmas weigh-in

I thought I’d leave Ted and Sausage’s post-Christmas weigh-in until the end of January to help these two food-centric miniature Dachshunds lose a bit more weight after the festive break, during which they did have a drop of Pawsecco and doggy popcorn…well it was Christmas! So, at weigh-in number 4, Ted did not disappoint! At…

Dogs on diets: Ozzie and Rolo lose 14kg between them

Over the last few months, we’ve been following a few of our fabulous losers, our ‘dogs on diets’. Obesity in dogs is a serious problem that can cause a variety of health issues, however, it’s an issue that can be rectified with the right advice and care. First, we had Busta the black Labrador, who…

Dogs on diets: Ted and Sausage find out if they are losers

Four weeks since the start of their official diet, it was time for miniature Dachshunds Ted & Sausage to have their second weigh-in, this time with Leah Paddock RVN, at our Hagley Practice. On starting their weight loss programme in October, Ted weighed 8kg and needed to lose 1kg; Sausage was 4.4kg and needed to…