Obesity can affect our furry friends

Hayley Green and Holly Goldring with Bently the dog.
Hayley Green and Holly Goldring with Bently the dog. Peter Holt

WHILE giving in to Fido's puppy dog eyes and sneaking him your leftovers may seem harmless, in the long term you could be doing your furry friend more harm than good.

Vet Holly Goldring, of Better Pet Vets, said she often saw pets with varying degrees of obesity and, as in humans, obesity could lead to health problems later in life.

"These patients certainly have severe health issues with their joints - arthritis - not even taking into account the medical problems that they can have - diabetes, chronic renal issues, heart failure," she said.

While certain breeds were prone to eating more, it was up to owners to make sure their pet was eating correctly.

Ms Goldring said dogs also should be walked at least once a day, depending on the breed, age and size.

"It should be twice a day but no one is perfect - we all work and we're all busy," she said.

Dogs are also like humans, they need a variety in their diet.

Ms Goldring said while premium pet food found at your vet's was best for your pet, she understood this wasn't in everyone's budget.

"We also advocate fresh food. If humans only ate processed foods than we wouldn't be that healthy either."

With vet bills not coming cheap, she said spending a little bit more on quality food for your pet could save you money in the long run.

"In the human health system costs are subsidised," she said. "It can be very expensive to treat (your pet)."

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