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How can I help my dog lose weight?

Weight issues in dogs are not just down to feeding too much food at meal times, this is just part of it. There are plenty of other factors to consider.

Feeding suggestions
  • Make sure you know your dog’s weight so you can accurately calculate the amount of food they will need.
  • Weigh out their recommended daily food to control their portion sizes. However, recommended daily food allowances may need to be altered due to factors such as age, gender, and reed. Unfortunately the recommended daily food allowance is not a one guide fits all, and each brand will have their own suggestions.
  • If you want to continue treating your dog, make sure your factor this into their daily food allowance and reduce their normal food.
  • Consider avoiding commercial treats – carrots make excellent treats and most dogs like them as an alternative option.
  • Consider a Senior or Light brand diet if your dog is becoming less active or requires a lower calorie food to reduce weight. These may not always be suitable for younger animals, or with pets who have an existing medical condition, so it is best to check with your veterinary practice before purchasing.
Exercise Suggestions
  • Any exercise is better than no exercise, even a quick walk to the corner shop and back on a rainy day. Exercise stimulates metabolism as well as being a mental stimulus for your dog.
  • Chasing toys and balls is a great way to bond with your pet and provide them with the exercise they need.
  • With older dogs, they may not be as willing to go out for a walk so consider splitting their exercise into three smaller sessions throughout the day.
  • Food activity balls are also a great idea to get them to work for their food and provide mental stimulation.
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Should I worry about my pet’s weight?

Did you know that 1 in 3 dogs and 1 in 4 cats are considered overweight or obese in the UK?

If you pet is carrying extra weight, it can reduce their quality of life. Our previous blog discussed how to assess your pet to see if they are under or over weight and give you an indication if there is something to be concerned about.

To help your pet stay in the best shape possible, you will need to make sure they get plenty of exercise, have access to good quality food and don’t over indulge. There are lots of ways you can help your pet lose a little weight if they need to, but obviously it is better to avoid their weight becoming an issue in the first place by putting them on a good routine from the day you bring them home.

Overweight pets are usually classed as being over 15% over their recommended ideal weight and obese pets more than 30% over their recommended ideal weight.
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Coronavirus and our Pets

Following reports in the news of a pet dog in Hong Kong testing MKVG Coronavirus Statement DOGpositive for coronavirus, we are aware pet owners may be worried. The dog tested as a “weak positive” for novel coronavirus multiple times, however has shown no symptoms of the virus. This result suggests only a very, very small amount of the virus was present in the animal.

This suggests that the dog has a low-level of infection of the novel coronavirus and this is likely to be a result of human to animal transmission. At the moment, evidence would suggest that COVID-19 is not “zoonotic”, and is unlikely to spread from animals to humans, and the predominant route of transmission of COVID-19 is still contact human to human or between humans and inanimate objects.

At this time, the World Health Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) have advised that: “There is no evidence that dogs (or cats) can contract or spread infection of COVID-19.” Pet owners are at no more risk from their furry friends than they are inanimate objects such as a door handle. The best approach is still to stick to good hygiene, using soap and water to wash hands regularly throughout the day.

We will endeavour to keep up to date with the situation, and inform our clients as soon as we have any more information. We advise clients to keep up to date with scientific reports, rather than relying on the tabloid news headlines.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for further updates as they become available to us.
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