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Tag Archives: pet diet

Body scoring: how to check your pet’s weight


Body condition scoring is a useful method to determine whether your dog, cat or rabbit is at a healthy weight. This can be especially useful at this time of year; the indulgences of the festive season can affect our pets just like us. But being underweight is unhealthy too. Here, vet Brian Faulkner takes us through the 3 simple steps of body scoring your four-legged friend.

There isn’t a single ideal weight for pets. Greyhounds are slimmer than St Bernards, while Siamese cats tend to be thinner than large breeds like the Bengal.

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New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet


As 2013 comes to an end, you may start to contemplate good intentions for the new year. But remember, resolutions are not limited to pet owners: our faithful friends can also benefit from some positive thinking. Here Julian Hall explores top tips of how to keep your pet perky in 2014.

More exercise is a great way to kick-start the year for both you and your pet.

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Petplan Vet Brian Faulkner answers your questions about pet health


Brian Faulkner is a previous winner of the Petplan Vet of the Year award and has been practising for 18 years. You can ask him anything you like about your pet’s health during our next live clinic on Facebook.

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What do you wish you’d known before you got a pet? Part 2

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Earlier this year, we devoted a blog post to the things you wish you’d known before you got your pet. We had a fantastic response, so we decided to ask 10 of our favourite mummy and pet travel bloggers, too. Their responses express the joys and challenges of juggling a family and pet.

‘I wish I’d known about the early morning rubbish clearances. Even though we feed our pet a healthy diet, she still cannot refuse the allure of bins.

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Weight gain and upset tummies – what to do

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Eating unusual foods or too many treats can be harmful to your pet. Vet and writer Alison Logan explains what to do if your pet has gained weight or is suffering from an upset tummy.

NEW FOOD If vomiting and diarrhoea occurs when you introduce a new food, then the food may not suit your pet. Dietary changes should be avoided for small animals in particular.

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Four canine ‘superfood’ for 2012

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We’ve asked vet and nutrition columnist Alison Logan for her top “superfood” recommendations to help get your dog fit in 2012. The best news of all? A lot of them cost nothing…

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Is your pet a porker? Here’s what to do

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We all love to spoil our pets, but a treat too many can cause the pounds to creep on – and even put their health at risk. Here’s vet Alison Logan’s advice on what to do.

It’s often said that owners look like their pets – and this can extend to the waistline, too. Since qualifying as a vet 19 years ago, I’ve seen an increasing number of overweight pets coming through my consulting room. Indeed, the 2007 Petplan census found that 30 per cent of dogs, cats and rabbits are obese, and it’s fast becoming a problem with small furries and pet birds, too.

We are told that ˜’we are what we eat’, but we’re also the result of what we do – and don’t do. Our body is like a seesaw: energy input from the food we eat should be balanced by energy output. If we eat more than our body needs, then the excess energy is stored as fat and bodyweight increases.

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How to help your dog lose weight


Q: Our Great Dane weighed 75kg when we adopted her a year ago. She has three 20-60-minute walks a day but can’t manage more since a leg operation. She won’t eat diet food so I give half the amount recommended on the packet, some tripe, two treats a day and some fruit. How can she lose weight?

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What is the best dog training reward?

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Q: I’m going to begin training my dog soon. Which foods are best to use as rewards during training? A:  I always recommend using the lowest-value treats that your dog will work for. Using part of your dog’s daily dry-food …

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