Did you know that obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in cats and dogs? The most recent figures reported in Australia claim that 41% of dogs and 32% of cats are considered to be obese.
On average an overweight pet will live 2-5 years less than a pet with an ideal body weight. Obesity not only has a negative impact on your dog's quality of life but it also creates predisposition to a range of health problems including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, degenerative joint and orthopaedic disease, respiratory problems and much more.
In order for weight loss to occur, pets must consume at least 30% fewer calories per day than the amount required to maintain their ideal body weight. As we know, weight loss can be quite tricky, so in order to make the process easier for owners to manage, we stock a range of 'Prescription Diet Weight Management' pet foods which provide a complete and balanced diet, which is also formulated to help your pet feel more full after each meal.
Bailey is one of our patients that has been on a weight loss diet. He weighed 13.7 kgs at the beginning of October and after seeing Dr. Tania for his seniors check it was decided he was slightly too heavy to be within a healthy weight range. Bailey was put onto Hills Metabolic food and lost a whopping 1.7 kg over the next three weeks!
'Hill's Prescription Diet – Metabolic' is a food that Nutritionists and Veterinarians at Hill's developed, this is a next generation formula with powerful antioxidants to support vitality and holistic health. This range was formulated with the pet owner in mind, and offers a complete range of dry food, canned food, and treats. These products work together to ensure safe and healthy weight loss and easy weight maintenance without making big changes or depriving your pet. Because the formula works with each pets unique metabolism, it also reduces the need for pet owners to precisely measure the food to safely achieve weight loss success. In real-world testing with pet owners and their pets at home, 88% of pets lost weight over two months.