MACARTHUR VETERINARY GROUP

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Bradbury
Phone the Bradbury clinic on 024627133302 4627 1333
75 Jacaranda Avenue

Mt Annan
Phone the Mt Annan clinic on 024627772202 4647 7722
Unit 17/2 - 4  Main St

Camden
Phone the Camden clinic on 024655766402 4655 7664
6 Ironbark Avenue

Gregory Hills
Phone the Gregory Hills clinic on 024648358802 4648 3588
2/13 Rodeo Road

 

Weight Loss Tips

The more of these you follow the easier the weight loss will be.
  • Exercise your pet regularly
    • but nothing too strenuous at first. Ask us for advice.
  • Feed a balanced, low calorie diet as prescribed - No Extras!
  • Measure the food accurately
    • Without measuring the food, it's easy to over-feed.
    • An extra 30g of dog biscuits per day can turn into 2.6 kg of fat per year!
  • Change the diet gradually
    • If changing to a new diet food, do so gradually over 5-10 days, to avoid digestive upsets
  • Spread your pet's daily food over 2 to 4 meals per day
    • Helps your pet burn off calories.
    • They are less likely to feel hungry.
    • Also less likely to seek treats between meals.
  • Weigh your pet regularly (every 2 weeks) and record body weights on the chart provided
    • If your pet isn't losing weight as well as hoped, it may be that we will need to further decrease their daily food intake
  • Make sure you have enough diet food to last until your next weigh-in.
  • Never allow ad-lib feeding
    • Free access to food that can be eaten whenever your pet feels hungry is a sure way to make them overweight!
  • Try not to feed treats
    • If you must feed treats, set aside some of your pet's allocated dry food to use as snacks
    • Use foods very low in calories eg celery, carrots or ice-cubes
    • Avoid Schmackos (which are very high in sugar)
  • Feed raw bones instead of (not in addition to) the calculated diet
    • Trim the fat off the bones first
    • Try not to give bones with too much marrow (which is also high in fat)
  • Reward your pet with plenty of praise, affection and playtime instead of snacks
    • Pets, especially dogs, crave your attention and praise, even more than food.
  • Allocate only one person to feed your pet
    • It's less likely that your pet will be given too much by mistake.
    • If more than one person needs to feed your pet, then measure the total daily amount out each morning into a container and only take food from there for the rest of the day.
  • The cooperation of all family members is important
  • Buy a new smaller food bowl
    • So you don't feel that you are giving too little.
  • Encourage fussy pets to eat straight away by removing any food not eaten within 30 minutes
    • It does no harm for dogs to eat nothing for 3 days, or cats for 2 days.
  • Feed your pet alone, away from other pets
  • Try not to handle, prepare or eat food in the presence of your pet
  • Do not feed table scraps
  • Indoor pets often require less food than outdoor pets.
    • They are usually less active and don't need to use as much energy to maintain their body temperature as outdoor pets do.
  • Speak to your neighbours to ensure they're not providing your pet with extra treats.
  • Ask us if you have any questions or problems with your pet's diet. We also offer a weight loss program to help you achieve your pet’s goal weight.
  • Use your will power! Your pet will appreciate it in the long run.

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