This month we saw Monty a 10 year old German Short Haired Pointer. Monty has been coming to see us for many years and for most of that time he has struggled with obesity. His humans have put him on a diet and tried lots of different methods to help shed the extra kilos but are yet to reach his goal weight.
Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in cats and dogs. The most recent figures reported in Australia claim 41% of dogs and 32% of cats are considered to be obese. On average an overweight pet will live 2-5 years less than a pet with an ideal body weight. Health problems appear when body fat exceeds 15% above ideal body weight.
Obesity is a serious problem in pets and can be the cause of many problems we see in the Veterinary Hospital.
Obesity predisposes animals to a range of health problems and puts your pet at risk of many health concerns including diabetes and joint stress.
Luckily the team at Reservoir have been keeping up with the latest in nutrition for our pets and have recently started stocking the new Hills Metabolic diet. The metabolic diet naturally works with each dog's unique metabolic response to support healthy weight loss and maintenance. Most pets who have trialled this food lose the desired amount of weight in 2 months because it works to control hunger, helping to keep dogs feeling full and satisfied between meals.
When he started the diet Monty weighed just under 60 kilograms. Our aim is for Monty to lose 9 kilograms in the next 3 months and then we will re-assess to see if he needs to lose any more. We checked up on Monty two weeks after starting his new diet and he had already lost 1 kilogram!
We are all wish Monty luck in his weight loss journey and will update our website with his progress in a few months.