Weight Gain a Big Problem for Aussie Pets

It's not just more Australians who are suffering from obesity. More pets are too. Find out more with this guide from Hill’s™ Science pet food.

Many pets around Australia are suffering from obesity, with 42% of dogs and 32% of cats overweight or obese. That’s 2.15 million overweight Australian pets.

Extra weight is not just a cosmetic issue; it poses a significant danger to a pet’s health, increasing the risk of serious diseases such as diabetes mellitus, painful osteoarthritis, urinary disease in cats, hypertension and heart disease, and can also reduce the length of their lives. Studies have shown that keeping dogs lean throughout their life can increase their life span on average by two years and also delay the onset of signs of chronic disease.

However, many of us don’t even realise that our pets have a weight problem, and even when we do, we may not be aware of how much it can affect their health and well-being.

So, what are the signs of an overweight pet?

1. Is it difficult to feel his / her ribs or spine?
2. Is it difficult to see your pet's waist?
3. Is his / her abdomen sagging?
4. Does his / her face look more round with larger cheeks?

When people want to lose weight, they usually do so by eating healthy food in the right amounts. The same is true for your pets. They need specific diet foods to help them lose weight without losing out on the essential nutrients they require for good health.

Hill’s™ Science Diet™ Perfect Weight is a new breakthrough in weight management technology that works in a different way to other weight loss pet foods.  Instead of counting calories, Science Diet™ Perfect Weight is formulated with a blend of natural ingredients that put pets in calorie-burning mode. In essence, it works to activate a pet’s natural ability to burn fat and increase appetite control. Science Diet™ Perfect Weight is complete and balanced for adult maintenance so you can continue to feed it to your pet once they reach their goal weight.

If you think your pet is overweight, you should consult your Veterinarian or ask us in store about Hill’s™ Science Diet™ Perfect Weight – the range is available for both dogs and cats in both dry and canned formulas.

Does your cat... Does your dog...
Often appear tired and lazy? Often appear tired and lazy?
Hesitate when jumping onto furniture? Lag behind on walks?
Have difficulty grooming properly? Pant constantly?
Have matted hair on the back or tail area? Need help getting in the car?
Resist playing games? Resist playing games?
  Bark without getting up?

Find out more at www.hillspet.com.au           

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