Now that the festive period is over, it’s a great time to start thinking about your pets’ health and wellbeing. Obesity is a HUGE problem in pets and can really impact on an animal’s health and quality of life.

Medical problems that are associated with obesity or that can be made worse if your pet is overweight include diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and high blood pressure. It can be really beneficial to ask for help and advice if you’re worried your pet might be overweight and your vet or veterinary nurse will be able to help you with this. Once any medical problems have been ruled out, increasing exercise levels, reducing food intake or using special diet foods can all help your pet’s weight to return to an acceptable level and improve their quality of life.

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