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Did you know your pet’s nutrition requirements change after they have been desexed?

Nov 21, 2021 | Cats, Dogs, Nutrition, Pet Health

When your pet is desexed, their nutritional needs change due to hormonal changes. Desexed pets (spayed/castrated) are between 2-3 times more likely to be overweight than entire pets.

Changes to your pet’s metabolism and appetite post-desexing increases the likelihood of your pet becoming overweight or obese. It is important to be aware of these changes and adjust your pet’s diet and daily ration accordingly.


Why should we be concerned about out neutered pets growing waistlines?

So many reasons! To name just a few:

  • overweight cats are prone to heat stress (topical this summer!)
  • urinary issues (think bladder stones, crystals and inflammation)
  • diabetes, arthritis and are at MUCH higher risk when it comes to having an anaesthetic.


How can you ensure your pet doesn’t become overweight and predisposed to health issues?

  • Feed a premium petfood, that meets your pets nutritional requirements, For example choose a petfood specifically for desexed (spayed/castrated pets, these are often higher in fibre.
  • Ensure are feeding the right amount. Often when you feed premium foods you don’t need to feed as much and the nutritional value is higher than your supermarket foods. Check with your vet nurse the correct portion to feed your pet, if you are unsure of quantities on the packet.
  • Weigh your pet regularly. Keep on top of any weight gains or losses by regularly weighing your pet. Our clinics have accessible scales if needed.


Want to know more?

Anexa staff can offer advice on the right petfood for your pet. If you have an overweight pet and are ready to take action, talk to an Anexa Vet or Vet Nurse about a healthy weight consults and support.



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