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A beautiful, yellow-eyed cat receiving treatment. Doug Hall feeding a well-loved client.

January - Fight the flab!

1st January 2013

A very Happy New Year to all of our clients and their animals, we hope that 2012 is a good year for you all. For many of us the New Year brings a host of "resolutions" to lose weight, get fit and make the most of our free time. However have you considered your canine and feline friends? The medical profession has long considered obesity to be the leading cause of preventable disease in the western world, but we tend not to think of it so much as a real threat to health for our pets. Its all too easy to let them get larger in the waistline but then very difficult to get them trim again. Life-long overfeeding and therefore excess bodyweight has been proven to contribute to osteoarthritis, diabetes mellitus and respiratory disease. A recent scientific study in a group of 48 Labradors over a period of 14 years showed that the dogs who were fed ad lib lived on average a SHOCKING 1.8 years less than the dogs who were fed 25% less. The ad lib fed dogs were all overweight and on average required treatment for chronic diseases from 10 years old onwards, compared to the leaner dogs who remained healthy until an average of 12 years old (Kealy and others, 2002). It should be a simple equation: Less food + More exercise = Weight loss but we appreciate that there are far more factors involved and that is why we offer free weight clinics where Laura, our qualified veterinary nurse, will discuss your individual animal and situation in depth with you and work with you to find solutions to any problems you are encountering. So make a resolution this New Year that will really benefit your pet's health and wellbeing. Contact the practice today to book in for your free nurse consultation.