Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012
I’ve recently spoken to a dog owner who had recently changed vets because they felt insulted when their previous vet told them their dog was obese.
The owner was in denial about their dogs’ weight problem. This refusal to accept that their dog was too fat is unfortunately not uncommon. I’m worried that if this trend continues vets will start to downplay how overweight pets are (in which case the owner may not realise how serious the issue is) or that some vets (who at the end of the day have to run a business) will stop telling owners altogether just in case they lose the customer.
If your vet tells you that your dog is too heavy it is only because they don’t want your pet to become ill. Obesity is linked to heart disease, diabetes, joint disease, problems with the liver and kidneys and even some cancers.
If you’re concerned that your dog is overweight and would like some help managing its weight please get in touch with me or my colleagues in the nutrition team and we will work out a feeding regime specifically for your dog.
Burns Weight Control+ is a great low fat, high fibre food which is especially formulated for overweight and diabetic dogs.
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