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Podgy Pets Club

Has your dog or cat or even rabbit gained weight? Not just over the festive season like us. Maybe there has been a slight imbalance between feeding and exercise over a long period of time.


Even if you just want to check that your pet is the correct weight, come and see one of our nurses, and be a part of our Podgy Pets Club for a free weight clinic today.


Our nurses Jenna, Joyce, Lorna and Katie,  will check to see if your pet is overweight and set a target weight for them. We will be able to recommend and advise you on a suitable diet to ensure a safe, controlled and healthy weight loss and exercise programme.


Please contact us to make a convenient appointment - There is no charge for this.


Being over weight can predispose your pet to mobility disorders, exercise intolerance, liver disease, diabetes mellitus, lowered resistance to infectious diseases and an overall reduced life expectancy.


Royal Canin offer weight management diets and mobility diets for dogs and cats, which are also on a loyalty scheme (after purchasing 8 bags or packs you will receive the 9th FREE!).


Burgess do a lighter diet called Excel Light Rabbit food, for rabbits trying to lose weight.



What causes my pet to put on weight?


  • Spaying and neutering your pet alters their metabolism, making them prone to weight gain.

  • As your pets become older, they become less active and therefore need fewer calories.

  • Some breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Cocker spaniels and mixed breed cats are more predisposed to weight gain.

  • Certain medical conditions that require particular medication.

  • Cats are becoming more urban, and have limited access to the outside world and so need fewer calories

  • Rabbits that are kept in hutches all day or become lazy are inclined to put more weight on



Tell- tale signs


  • Slower at moving.

  • Difficulty walking.

  • Collar has got tighter.

  • Sleeping more than usual.

  • Shortness of breathe.

  • Not grooming themselves as much particularly the back end as too big to do this.

  • Rabbits bottoms become dirty with faeces.

  • Sores on hocks.

  • Teeth problems in rabbits.



Exercise Tips for Dogs


  • Walk regularly.

  • Walk on different surfaces for resistance (sand, shallow water).

  • Hide food and toys for your dog to find.

  • Play fetch with a ball (even up hill).

  • Swimming.



Exercise Tips for Cats


  • Encourage your cat to play with toys to keep them moving.

  • Use a white light torch for them to play catch.

  • Take them out for walks on a harness (not for every cat).

  • Exercise food balls encourage your cat to work for their food (cats get a FREE  exercise ball when they come to Podgy Pets Club).

  • Give your cat a box to play with.



Exercise Tips for Rabbits

  • Scatter food for them to forage and move around looking for it.

  • Hang broccoli and other vegetables up high for them to try and reach.

  • Exercise more, get a run if garden is not secure.



Treats are especially bad for pets when they are trying to lose weight.


Call 01733 893990

48 Hargate Way,

Hampton Hargate,




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Rabbits, if given fruit, should only be fed very small amounts as fruit contains a high sugar content. Also, treats from pet shops are mostly bad so cut out for over weight rabbits. Feeding plenty of good quality hay and even changing it regularly will keep your rabbits interested in eating what should be the main part of their diet.