Dr Lester Torenbeek gives Tiger, a staffordshire terrier, a check over to see if he is gaining any excess weight.
Dr Lester Torenbeek gives Tiger, a staffordshire terrier, a check over to see if he is gaining any excess weight. Allan Reinikka

Vet concerned about health of pets

IS YOUR busy lifestyle killing your canine?

Veterinarian Dr Lester Torenbeek says he is seeing more and more overweight family pets.

And it is not something confined to Rockhampton or the rest of the region.

Recently the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre found nearly 30% of dogs were overweight or obese.

"It is something that we have been seeing more of in recent years.

I think it comes down to people living busier lives that they just haven't got time to give their dogs the recommended one hour of exercise per day," Dr Torenbeek said.

"A dog suffering from obesity can suffer from a range of health conditions, including diabetes, liver failure and arthritis.

Dogs are just like people in that sense, not only does this (obesity) amount to a shorter life expectancy but it also affects the dog's quality of life."

Dr Torenbeek said pet owners should monitor their dog's weight on a regular basis.

"If you can't feel your dog's ribs easily, or you can feel fat rolls then your animal has a weight problem," Dr Torenbeek said.

 

DOG BITES

  • Try and limit your dog's meal portions.
  • Feeding smaller portions a few times a day will prevent your dog from gaining excessive weight.
  • Avoid snacks and make use of healthy treats.
  • Daily exercise, including time off the leash will dramatically improve the health of your dog.


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