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Is my pet overweight, underweight or just right?

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One of the most common questions we get asked in Anicare Vets is “Is my pet the right weight?

 

All pets have an ideal weight, depending on their size and breed.

 

Most animals that gain weight are overfed, which results in an intake of too many calories combined with insufficient physical activity. However, some dog breeds are more prone to weight gain such as Labrador retrievers. Cats can also be susceptible to weight gain.

Have you noticed any of the following signs in your pet?

1)      It has become more difficult to feel your pet’s ribs by running your hand along your pet’s side?

2)      Have you had to loosen their collar recently?

3)      Have you noticed more sluggish movement from your pet?

4)      Is your pet having difficulty breathing?

If you come down to one of our clinics we can discuss your pet’s weight and go through their history. If there is any indication that there may be an underlying medical condition causing your pet to gain weight, we would be happy to carry out the appropriate laboratory tests and investigate your pet’s health further.

Equally if you have noticed that your pet has lost weight, this may be a sign of an underlying disease that needs further investigation.

As your pet gets older, their metabolism changes and activity levels may also reduce so it is important to be aware of any weight increase or loss. We offer regular weight checks and are always happy to advise you on any health issues for your pet.

Book an appointment with out vet Eavan Ryan at Palmerstown veterinary hospital to discuss this topic in further detail, or any member of our team on 01-6237044.

bonnie & Carole

 

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