Pet Weight Clinic and Advice

All clients are welcome to bring pets to our surgeries for weight checks at no charge.

You can do this as a 'one-off' visit, or come back regularly (we usually suggest every 4 - 6 weeks). This can be particularly helpful for:

  • Growing youngsters - to check that you are giving the right dose of routine worm or flea treatments
  • Poorly or older pets - to help monitor their progress and well-being
  • Overweight pets - to help keep track of weight loss goals.

Obese Dog

 

Obesity is becoming more common and for many pets the weight gain happens gradually over a long period. The risks of diabetes, arthritis and other diseases are much higher in overweight pets, shortening their life expectancy and leading to chronic pain.

 

A useful online tool for body condition scoring your pet can be found here >

Our qualified vet nurses offer weight clinic consultations free of charge to registered clients. During the consultation the nurse will weigh your pet and assess their body condition score. They'll give you tailored guidance on feeding and exercise, taking into consideration any illnesses your pet may also be dealing with.

You can book an appointment for your pet by calling your branch surgery.

 

CASE STUDY: ARCHIE AND MONTY

Starting weight (2013) – Archie 25kg, Monty 22kg

Current weight (2016) – Both dogs – 16kg

Archie and Monty are two spaniels that do everything together – and we mean everything!

Like many dogs, they love the water and their favourite activity is a visit to the beach. Running on sand is great exercise but it can give joints some work to do – and three years ago both dogs were on the heavy side.

 

Archie and Monty in 2013. Both dogs needed surgery on both knees.

In 2013 Monty ruptured both cruciate ligaments, first in his left knee, followed by his right. Six months later, the very same thing happened to Archie. Surgery to repair the ligaments was performed for both dogs, followed by a long rest period to allow the joints to heal.

 Monty recovering at home after knee surgery

Their owner Heather realised that the dogs being overweight would have a big negative effect on the outcome of their knee surgeries. Worryingly, damage to joints can lead to arthritis and long term discomfort. Increasing the dogs’ exercise was not an option at that time, so she set about reducing their daily food intake.

  One of Archie's xrays showing bony changes due to arthritis.

“I began to look at their diet to see how I could change a few things to help them,” said Heather. “I reduced their daily meal to compensate for their inactivity during the healing process.  I then realised that their early morning slice of toast was probably a really bad idea and replaced this with a deseeded apple.  The dogs were also in the habit of having a hide strip at night to help keep their teeth clean, so I cut these in half to reduce the portion.”

Slowly but surely, despite being neutered dogs and unable to exercise, Monty and Archie started to lose weight. And losing weight improved their mobility, which meant they could exercise more… which meant they could lose more weight!

The total amount of weight they have lost since 2013 is remarkable. At the time of surgery both dogs were over 22kg – and Archie’s previous all-time high had been 25kg. At their recent health check they weighed in at 16kg. This equates to weight loss of over a third of his original weight for Archie, and over a quarter for Monty!

And you can really see the difference it makes. The dogs are happy to be back to their regular run on the beach and, importantly, no longer need pain-relieving medication for aching joints. “The dogs are looking great now, much younger than their nine years,” said Heather, “and they’re fitter than ever!” 

We couldn't agree more! Well done to Archie and Monty - and to Heather - for showing just how much can be achieved!

    

Archie, then and now. He looks like a pup again!

  Monty enjoying the water again