Diet & weight management
Our weight loss clinics offer free advice on how to get your pet back into a healthier, happier shape
Sadly obesity is a major problem in British pets, usually due to over-feeding and under-exercising. Giving your pet too many treats or too much human food is not the kindness you may think, but quite the opposite.
Just as being chronically overweight is bad for people, it can lead to serious health problems for our pets, such as arthritis, diabetes and liver disease. An obese pet finds it harder to exercise, meaning it is less and less likely to be able to get back into shape. It also has a poorer quality of life and may die younger than it should.
If you think your pet may be overweight, we’re here to help. Our nurses run free weight loss clinics where they will weigh and assess your pet and, if necessary, advise on a weight loss program.
We have various specialised diets which can be used to reduce your pet’s calorie intake but still do plenty to help them feel full up, preventing them from feeling hungry or scavenging for food elsewhere. Our nurses can also advise on healthy treats and how to maintain a good diet over the long term. There is also a new diet which can alter your dogs’ metabolism to encourage fat burning.
Ideally you should never let your pet get overweight in the first place. We can advise all pet owners on how to identify the right, quality diet for their animals. We are fans of the Virbac Hyper Premium range which offers different foods for different stages of your pet’s life.
We also stock specialist diets for pets with delicate digestion or those that may not get much exercise, such as house cats. There is also an extensive range of prescription veterinary diets which can help control conditions such as liver and kidney disease, bladder stones and allergies. These diets cost little more than ordinary food but can make a huge difference to your pet’s quality of life.
Alexandra Vets, Clevedon
Hillyfields Vets, Winscombe
Monday-Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday : 9am to 11am
(Hillyfields Vets, Winscombe)
Consultations: 9am – 10.30am
Saturday:11am to 1:30pm
(Alexandra Vets, Clevedon)
Consultations: 12pm – 1.30pm