After the excesses of the Christmas and New Year period many people resolve to lead a more healthy lifestyle in 2013 by eating a drinking less and losing weight.

While reviewing your own lifestyle, it may be wise to take a critical look at your pet’s to see if they would benefit from the same resolve to lose weight.

Obesity in the cat and dog population is an increasingly common problem in the pets that we see at the surgery and the health problems asssociated with the excess weight can impact on the pet’s quality of life and shorten life expectancy. Diabetes is now 300% more common than it was 20 years ago and this is largely associated with the increase in obesity. Other problems associated with obesity include arthritis, heart disease and skin disease. Certain cancers are more common in overweight pets.

Just like our own waistline, the changes are gradual and often go unnoticed and so it is a good idea to take a step back and look at your pet’s body shape with a critical eye at the start of the year.

If you are worried about your pet’s weight, your Vet will be able to give their opinion about his weight.

Many people struggle to lose weight themselves and it can be similarly difficult to get your pet to diet effectively. We find that despite all good intentions, owners often find it difficult to really make much headway so we run Weight Loss Clinics, where our trained staff can set a program for your pet that will allow them to safely lose weight while maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet.

With help from your Vet and some sustained commitment, you should be able to turn your pet’s health around in 2013.