Locations

Dyas

2 Dyas Road
Kingstanding
Birmingham
B44 8SF

Tel: 0121 377 7215
Fax: 0121 373 1438

dyas@valuevets.com

Kings Heath

304 Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7NH

Tel: 0121 444 4154
Fax: 0121 444 8955

kingsheath@valuevets.com

Lazy Hill

21 Anchor Road
Aldridge
West Midlands
WS9 8PT

Tel: 01922 456 236
Fax: 01922 744 383

lazyhill@valuevets.com

New Hall

215A Walmley Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B76 2PP

Tel: 0121 313 1919
Fax: 0121 313 1315

newhall@valuevets.com

Stone Cross

261 Walsall Road
Stone Cross
West Bromwich
B71 3HR

Tel: 0121 588 6451
Fax: 0121 567 5001

stonecross@valuevets.com

Sutton Park

343A Jockey Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B73 5XD

Tel: 0121 354 4949
Fax: 0121 355 6202

suttonpark@valuevets.com

Valley

11a Bowstoke Road
Great Barr
Birmingham
B43 5EB

Tel: 0121 357 4600
Fax: 0121 358 4630

valley@valuevets.com

West Bromwich

130 Lodge Road
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 8PL

Tel: 0121 553 0070
Fax: 0121 553 1330

westbromwich@valuevets.com

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Weight Awareness

The nation’s pets are getting bigger and bigger. Our nation’s animals are getting fatter, just like we are. We’ve got some of the unhealthiest pets in Europe as a result of over feeding and under exercise. Depending on which statistics you read, between 30-60% of all dogs and cats in the UK are overweight.

Overweight CatMedical effects:

  • Reduced Life Expectancy
  • Motion difficulties
  • Skin disease
  • Low immunity
  • Diabetes
  • Circulatory problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • High operation risk

Giving tit bits to animals is a growing problem. One biscuit to a cat is like a human eating a whole packet (Hill’s pet research). 40% of pet owners in UK feed snacks to their pets more than once a day. 67% of pet owners in Europe are themselves overweight. Only 15% purchase calorie controlled food. Only 20% take regular exercise.

Some blame urban living – fast and busy lifestyles with no time to look after pets properly . Other experts point to a lack of education, and awareness of pet obesity amongst owners. Pets act as surrogate children and therefore are often over-pampered.

So what should pet owners be doing to get on top of this weighty issue?

  • A good starting point is to establish whether your pet is overweight or not
  • Check the ideal weight for your pet with your vet
  • Take action if your pet is heavier than its ideal weight by 15%
    (A good way of weighing larger pets is to weigh yourself with them and then subtract your weight)
  • Check for a sagging stomach and bulging sides)
  • If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, this may be a sign that they’re overweight
  • Breathlessness and reluctance to take exercise are good indicators of an overweight pet
  • Doggy paddle – hydrotherapy can help with canine fitness

How do you prevent excessive weight gain in their pets?

  • Feed your pet a balanced diet and follow the recommended feeding guidelines on pet food
  • Avoid feeding your pets tit bits. If you must give pets occasional treats, take this into account at meal times
  • Use a smaller feeding bowl if you think that you’re in danger of overfeeding your pet
  • Make sure that dogs get plenty of exercise. A small dog should get at least 30 minutes exercise every day, more for a larger dog
  • Play with cats to ensure that they are kept active and alert
  • Don’t feed cow’s milk to cats or dogs
  • Animals in hutches such as rabbits and guinea pigs should be given a run out once a day
  • Small animals such as hamsters can benefit from exercise wheels and balls

Remember that dog walking can improve the fitness levels of owners too!

It is dangerous to put pets on crash diets. Introduce changes gradually and ask your vet about special low calorie feeding plan.