Over the festive period, we may have treated our pets to some extra turkey from our Christmas dinner. However with Easter around the corner, let’s start getting our pets back into shape sooner rather than later.
There are many risks associated with our pets being overweight including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and more.
Tips for Avoiding Pet Obesity
There are things you can do to ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight:
Change of food Ideally change your pet’s diet to a low calorie diet over a period of five to seven days.Home-made diets are rarely successful as your pet may still be hungry or start begging or even dustbin raiding. Diets with high levels of fibre help your pet feel full with also getting the nutrients and vitamins they need.
Avoid snacking Avoid giving your pet treats as much as possible. However if you want to still give your pet treats include them as part of their diet and reduce their meal portions.
Weigh your pet’s food To ensure your pet gets the required amount of food per their weight, it is best to weigh out each meal to maintain or lose weight.
Exercise your pet Exercise is important in terms of weight loss and therefore your pet should be encouraged to exercise. Taking dogs for those winter woodlands walks or providing your cat with extra playtime at home will help keep them healthier.
We offer free nutritional consults with our veterinary nurses, Charlotte Barker and Laura Sandall, who both have many years of experience. Our nutritional consults are available with Wednesday between 10am-6pm at Walnut Tree and between 3.30-4pm on Thursday and Friday at our Willen Branch. Appointments with Laura are available on Monday between 9am – 4.30pm at Walnut Tree and on Tuesdays between 3.30-4pm at our Willen branch. If you have any questions about the nutritional consults or would like to book your pet in to see us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At Milton Keynes Veterinary Group we have designed the Healthy Pet Care Scheme so that you as a pet owner can ensure your pets receive the very best quality preventative treatments, through a simple monthly direct debit. The concept of spreading the annual cost of household bills is a regular and well recognised feature of our daily lives – why should the essential preventative treatments for your pet be any different?
With this in mind, we have some exciting new changes to our Healthy Pet Care plan.
TICK PREVENTION FOR CATS AND DOGS NOW INCLUDED!
At Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, we want to provide your pet with the best possible prevention against diseases and parasites. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in Tick numbers in the UK and diseases associated with them.
From January, our Healthy Pet Care Scheme will now also include protection for your pet against TICKS as well as previous protection against fleas and worms providing all round protection to your pet.
OTHER NEW DISCOUNTS TO OUR HEALTHY PET CARE PLAN!
From January, our plan will now also include for all pets (cats, dogs and rabbits):
15% DISCOUNT off all consultations all year round
10% DISCOUNT off all dental procedures (excluding traumatic injury and referral)
Christmas can be a very chaotic time of year and a more dangerous time for our pets as their usual home surroundings are filled with presents, decorations, trees and much more. We want to make you aware of potential toxins over the Christmas period in order for you to sit back, relax and celebrate this time of year.
CHOCOLATE: In chocolate there is a substance called Theobromine which is poisonous to our pets. It can be found in all types of chocolate – white, milk and dark.
ONIONS: All of the onion family, including leeks, garlics, chives and shallots whether they are cooked, dried or raw can be poisonous to dogs.
CHRISTMAS CAKE & MINCE PIES: Raisins, currents and sultanas, as well as grapes, are common ingredients and can be poisonous. Please take care in order to keep cakes and snacks away from your pet.
BLUE CHEESE: This cheese contains roquefortine C which animals are very sensitive to. Therefore is best to keep out of reach and dispose of any leftovers.
BONES: It is common for small, cooked bones (especially from poultry) to fragment easily into pieces with very sharp edges when chewed.
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: Xylitol can be found in chewing gums, mints, sweets and liquorice.
ALCOHOL: Most people are aware not to give alcoholic drinks to their pets, however alcohol poisoning in pets can be more common than you think!
MOULD: Growth on food, in rubbish bins and sacks can hold toxins which will quickly attack an animal’s nervous system. Only a small amount of these mycotoxins can cause tremors and seizures.
POINSETTIA, HOLLY, MISTLETOE, IVY, LILLIES: Many flowers, house plants and bulbs that can be poisonous to our pets. We often bring seasonal plants inside the house or receive them as gifts.
CHRISTMAS TREES: If eaten it may cause mild stomach upset however the sharp tips may do more damage internally.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS & WRAPPING PAPER: There is a high risk of gastrointestinal obstruction if the decoration is ingested.
SILICA GEL: This may be found in a present in small sachets containing silica gel
CIGARETTES: Nicotine is toxic to animals therefore keep out of reach of pets
In the case, where your pet ingests any of the items above, it is best to contact the vet for advice. If you need to take your pet to the vet, please take any relevant packaging in order treat your pet.