Many pet parents don't even realise their pet is overweight!When it comes to your pet, you might think carrying a few extra kilos isn't a big deal. Think again. Overweight pets are at an increased risk of arthritis, heart disease, respiratory disorders and diabetes. What is alarming is that that most people aren’t even aware that their pet is a bit portly!

The best way to tell if your pet is overweight is to take a closer look at them!

When you peer down from above, your pet will have lost definition of his waist. Instead of an hourglass figure he might look a bit round and may even resemble a barrel on legs. You might also have a bit of trouble feeling his ribs when you run your hands over his sides.

A very obese pet may have neck fat, a pendulous tummy as well as fat deposits that sit over the hips. 

If you are worried about your pet's weight, we recommend that you drop into your local vet for a weight check. Your vet will be able to assess and discuss with you your pet’s body condition and, if necessary, start a weight loss plan.

The best news is that getting your pet to lose weight is easier than you think! Exercise will help but it is absolutely crucial you are feeding your pet the correct diet and the right amount. There are even diets available that will actually increase your pet’s metabolic rate to help your pet lose weight.

Pet Guardians store a wide range of healthy, balanced and low calorie diets designed to help your furry best friend shed those extra kilos! If you have any questions please contact us on 07 5608 4119.

Advice given in this article is of a general nature. Please speak to your local veterinarian before making changes to your pet’s diet.