Should my pet go on a diet?

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

The need to change

your pets diet may arise from a variety of conditions such as age, weight, intestinal disorders, diabetes, allergies.

Providing the right diet is key to managing and maintaining your pets health and well being.

Altering your pets diet should always be introduced over several days adding the new diet to your pets existing food.

Anyone coming into contact with your pets should be aware of the importance of your pets diet which may exclude treats or snacks.

There are several companies which can provide supplements for your pet such as

ROYAL CANIN who have an extensive range for dietary management.

Your veterinary surgeon will be able to recommend the best diet tailored to your pets needs.

A few factors that influence diet


As your pet ages it is likely that their nutritional needs will change.

Signs of raging may include weight loss, decreased activity levels, increased rest and sleeping patterns, less grooming.

Diabetes mellitus

Sugar diabetes is a common disease in pets. Most pets will respond to a tailored diet and insulin therapy to improve blood sugar levels.

Signs of diabetes may include increased thirst and frequency of urination, increased appetite, weight loss, tiredness.

Common Intestinal disorders

Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract can manifest in a variety of ways including colitis, constipation and diarrhoea.

Colitis is an inflammation of the colon also known as the large intestine causing digestive upsets often seen as diarrhoea.

Lactose intolerance

Lactose is a common food intolerance which occurs in both dogs and cats

Lactose is sugar commonly found in milk and intolerance usually results in diarrhoea.

Food allergens

Food allergens are proteins in food that are not broken down by stomach acids or enzymes in the digestive system which then enter the bloodstream to cause allergic reactions throughout the body.

In every case it is advisable to consult your veterinary surgeon or nurse for the best advise.

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