What causes weight gain?

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Your vet has probably already discussed with you how easy it is for even the most diligently cared-for pet to put on weight. As well as the obvious potential causes- eating too much, excessive snacking or exercising too little - there can be other contributing factors:


  • As pets age, they become less active and therefore need fewer calories
  • Some breeds are more predisposed to weight gain than others, including
    Labrador retrievers, cocker spaniels and mixed breed cats
  • The process of neutering or spaying alters the metabolism of pets, 
    making them prone to weight gain
  • Occasionally weight gain is associated with specific medical 
    conditions that require particular treatment

You can check your pet's Body Condition Score and check 
for other signs that indicate if your pet is overweight.

Other signs to watch for:

  • Collar needs loosening
  • Slow movement
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeps more than usual

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