Families urged to consider the health of their pets
AS WE welcome 2016, families across Bundaberg begin to set New Year's resolutions to improve their habits and lifestyle.
But this year families have been urged to also think about the health and wellbeing of their furry members too.
More than 40% of Australian pets are overweight and at high risk of developing health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory disease.
Natalie Taggart, the veterinary director at Greencross Vets Barolin and Bundaberg, says that identifying if your pet is overweight is the first step.
"We are what we eat and the same is true for our pets," Dr Taggart said.
"The next time you cuddle them, feel around their ribs.
"You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but only see the last two.
"When looking from above, your pet is at their best when they have a waist," she said.
She said a visit to your local vet would help to establish a tailored pet weight loss program.
The program should incorporate a review of their current diet, exercise regime and take into account their lifestyle and medical history.
Often obesity cases are caused by excess calorie intake, inappropriate diet selection and excessive use of snacks, treats and human foods.
This combined with little physical activity often results in pets becoming overweight and unhealthy.
Superior nutrition and regular exercise is an integral part to a pet's health and wellbeing.
Dr Taggart said it's never too late to get your pet into tip-top shape
Throughout January and February Greencross Vets is urging pet owners to book a free weight and nutrition assessment for their pet, to help decrease our country's biggest pet health problem.
If you suspect that your pet has a weight problem, book a complimentary pet weight and nutrition assessment at greencrossvets.com.au or phone Greencross Vets Barolin and Bundaberg on 41531677.