You may be in the throes of a new year health and fitness regime with plans to shed the pounds, but don’t forget about the Fido or Mog of the family.
Swanzdale Veterinary Care Centre of Scalby Road is inviting dog and cat owners to An Evening with Swanzdale, where guest speaker Leigh Allen, from Hills Pet Nutrition, will discuss animal weight management.
It takes place at the Quaker Meeting House near Scarborough Hospital on Tuesday February 26 at 6.30pm.
The event is free to attend for all clients, who can register with the practice at no cost.
Meika Baldwin of Scarborough’s LMS Canine Hydrotherapy and Swanzdale veterinary nurse Lisa Winter will also talk at the evening.
She said: “It’s a chance for people to talk to us in a social setting away from the practice. I think some people know their pets are over weight, but tend not to do anything about it.”
Lisa and fellow veterinary nurse Danielle Rowley estimate that around half of their clients’ pets are overweight, citing too many treats, including human food and takeaways, as a main cause of the problem.
What may seem small in our eyes could be a hefty animal dinner, for example, feeding a 10-kilo dog two slices of salami would be the equivalent of one-and-a-half hamburgers to a human.
Multiple feeders, age, breed and behavioural training can also add to the bulge.
Swandale is currently treating a 9.8 kilo cat which needs to lose 4 kilos, and a Labrador which is nearly twice its ideal size at 43 kilos.
The client evenings are designed to educate owners on pet obesity - the biggest pet disease in the UK with one in three pets classed as overweight.
“Obesity can lead to reduced quality of life and clinical problems such as diabetes, arthritis and heart conditions,” said Lisa. “The fastest way to lose weight is through a prescription diet, sensible exercise regime and client compliance.”
Through the clinics, the practice has already helped Labrador retriever Max to lose 10 kilos, after which his owner, Mrs Mundey, said “he was like a puppy all over again.”
Danielle added: “Because people get used to seeing bigger dogs and cats, when they see them at their ideal weight, they think it’s skinny. You need to be aware of your pet’s weight, know what to feed it and to reassess this throughout their life.”
Register your place at An Evening with Swanzdale by calling (01723) 363006.