In the meantime, the trend is unfortunately increasingly moving towards obesity even among our pets. Almost every third animal presented in veterinary practices is too fat. However, being overweight (obesity, med.: adipositas) is not just a blemish, but a real disease, with serious consequences, not only for the health, but also for the quality of life of your pet.
The cause of obesity is too high a calorie intake and/or too little exercise. Neutered animals tend to increase their food intake while at the same time decreasing their activity. Older animals also often tend to be overweight, as energy requirements decrease with age.
The consequences are - as in humans - strain on the musculoskeletal system, especially the joints, cardiovascular diseases (increased blood pressure), a higher risk of anaesthesia, diabetes (diabetes) and an increased risk of certain tumour diseases. A long-term study with Labrador Retrievers even showed that the lifespan of overweight animals is 20% shorter than that of normal-weight animals. With a lifespan of 10 years, that would be a whole 2 years!!! Reason enough to get rid of the excess pounds.
The FDH method (feed by half) is not suitable for our pets to lose weight healthily. Reducing the amount of food by half not only halves the calories, but also other important nutrients such as protein, minerals, trace elements and vitamins.
Many years of experience show that overweight is relatively easy to control. Sensibly used food and good treat management facilitate the necessary consistency required from the owner and ensure that the animal loses weight without starving or having to give up too much food fun. In consultation with you and taking into account your wishes and circumstances, we will create an optimal nutrition plan for your pet that will lead to lasting weight loss success. Even after reaching the ideal weight, I can continue to accompany you at your request so that your pet can maintain its weight.
Take the test!
The best way to find out if your pet is at an ideal weight is to use the Body Condition Score (BCS). This assesses the body fat percentage using a 5 or 9 point system, you don't even need a scale.
Have you become curious? Then follow the scheme from top to bottom. The test is suitable for both dogs and cats. The answer to whether your pet is too fat, too thin or just right can be found below.
- A: lean
- B: thin
- C: slim
- D: ideal
- E: slightly overweight
- F: moderately overweight
- G: highly overweight