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- HUMAN FOOD AS DOG FOOD: WHY IT IS A PROBLEM
When it comes to weight gain, dogs aren’t too dissimilar from their human masters. Just like us, it’s easy for dogs to put on a few extra pounds if they consume too many calories and aren’t getting enough exercise, particularly as they get older. The thing is, you might be overfeeding your dog without even realising it. In fact, a PDSA animal welfare report published last year found that an estimated 1 in 3 dogs in the UK was obese or overweight.* So where are we going wrong? When feeding our dogs human food, our minds jump quickly to whether or not the food is harmful or appropriate. Most owners, for example, know not to feed their dogs chocolate or chicken bones for fear of making them unwell or causing them to choke. But how much thought do we give to the amount we feed our canine companions? Many of us don’t think twice about throwing our dog the odd leftover from the dinner table. For some families, it’s a normal habit and the dog comes to expect a few morsels once the dinner plates are cleared, but it could be the very basis of the problem. How easy is it to overfeed a small dog? Did you know that the average growing small dog (weighing less than 10kg) only requires 392 calories per day? For us humans, having an extra roast potato with your Sunday lunch will only account for 5% of our daily calorie intake. We don’t really think about it. For a small dog, however, that same roast potato will account for 35% of its daily calorie allowance. A small dog’s recommended daily calorie intake can be easily met (and exceeded) with small helpings of dog food throughout the day. Dog food will also ensure its nutritional needs are catered for, whereas the odd potato or scrap of meat won’t, and will make for an unbalanced meal. It’s extremely easy to overfeed a small dog without even realising it, so owners should be extra vigilant when it comes to their dog’s diet. What about medium sized dogs? A medium sized dog (around 17kg) needs around 1151 calories per day, depending on age. That’s roughly half the intake of the average sized human. A traditional supermarket pork sausage contains 146 calories or 13% of a medium dog’s daily requirement. That might not seem like much, but if that dog has a sausage (or equivalent) from the dinner table leftovers each evening it soon adds up on top of its regular dog food. It’s easier than you might think to overfeed a medium sized dog, particularly if feeding it leftovers is a family habit. …and large dogs? It’s commonplace to think that overfeeding isn’t an issue for exceedingly large dogs (those that weigh 32kg or more), but a growing dog this size still only needs 1688 calories per day. That’s nearly 900 calories less than the average man, and almost 400 calories less than the average woman. That extra potato or sausage mentioned above would still take a dog this size 8-9% over its daily limit (assuming it was getting its full allowance in dog food). If we humans ate this way we’d quickly put on a few pounds, and it’s no different for our pets. Don’t think that because your dog is large, overfeeding isn’t an issue. If anything, larger dogs are more susceptible to weight gain because they tend to be slightly less energetic than their smaller counterparts. Age matters too Of course, different sized dogs need a varying amount of calories, but age plays an important role as well. A young, excitable pup who never sits still and gets plenty of exercise through play and walks will need more than an older, less energetic dog. If you want more information on the best way to feed an older dog who is struggling with weight problems, it’s a good idea to pay your vet a visit and see what advice they have to offer. Should you stop giving your dog human food? The advice outlined here isn’t necessarily about what to feed your dog, but how much you feed it. Humans and dogs have a relationship that has developed over hundreds of years of co-evolution, and sharing food with our canine chums has been an important and enjoyable part of that relationship. However, human food invariably does more harm than good and it’s important to understand a dog’s nutritional needs too. Most respected brands of dog food contain all the goodness a dog needs to be strong and healthy, and if you deprive your dog of these nutrients in favour of increasing leftovers and human snacks, they’re just as likely to develop health problems. How can you help your dog lose weight? If you have an overweight dog there are a few things you can do to help them shave off those extra pounds. If the situation is serious, and the dog’s breathing or mobility is affected, visit your vet for more specialised advice. But for the most part, these tips are a great way to get your friend back in shape: Increase the amount of energy they expend. For a small dog, this might be as simple as playing fetch in the garden for a while but larger dogs may require an extra, or longer, walk. Reduce their calorie intake. This is what we’re focusing on in this article and is highlighted in the adjoining infographic as it really is extremely easy to overfeed your dog, regardless of size and breed. In fact, if your dog is overweight this is highly likely to be the root cause. Don’t cut down on dog food (it has all the nutrients the dog needs), but give it fixed amounts and cut out human snacks and leftovers. Make sure your whole family understand not to feed the dog scraps, no matter how cute they seem or how much they beg. Over time, the dog will adjust to its new diet and learn not to pester you, and things will get easier. Stay strong – it’s a team effort! If you have several dogs and only one of them is overweight, try and get into the routine of feeding them separately so they can’t steal any leftovers. Quite often, dogs that are overweight have a habit of muscling in on another dog’s food or finishing up what’s left. Give your dog healthy treats. The need people have for giving their dog a treat is almost primal, so use recipes involving dog food to bake homemade biscuits and cakes. Ensure you take these calories out of their recommend daily allowance, but by doing this, you fulfil the need to give the dog a treat, whilst keeping an eye on its health. Should you put your dog on a diet? Never starve your dog in an attempt to get them to lose weight quickly. A dog needs a full, balanced and nutritious diet to stay fit and healthy, and suddenly restricting a large amount of calories can have extremely bad consequences for their metabolism. There are, however, ‘light’ foods that are made specifically for overweight dogs which contain less fat and calories but have high nutritional value. When considering putting your dog on a diet, it’s always recommended that you talk to your vet first. They can offer advice and recommend food, and may also schedule regular checkups to see how your dog is doing. Like humans, they need to lose weight healthily and gradually over time. Above all, be patient. Depending on how overweight your dog is, it could take months to get to a healthy weight and that’s fine. It’s about lifestyle and habit, just like our diets. Remember your vet is there to help, and if you’re genuinely concerned about your dog’s weight, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If your dog gets regular daily walks, is fed the correct amount of dog food, and you cut out human food in favour of the occasional dog treat, you’ll have a healthy and happy dog.
- Cats Protection Charity Work @ Arc Vets
At the end of 2016 the Cats Protection were looking for a veterinary centre in North London to provide them with veterinary care, neuterings and surgeries. At the Arc we were already providing charity care for the dog charity All Dogs Matter. This is work we find very fulfilling, so much so that we decided to provide the same service for the Cats Protection. Cats Protection is now considered the UK’s largest feline welfare charity and helps over 200,000 cats and kittens every year through their national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 adoption centres. #charity #catsprotection
- Fireworks & Pets: Advice from the Arc
With fireworks season coming up we thought it'd be a good idea to write a post about how best to manage pets with fireowrk phobias. Bonfire Night is a very traditional and welcome celebration for most of us as we enter the colder winter months. There is nothing better than watching the fireworks whilst sipping some warm mulled wine! However, for many of our pets, the weeks either side of November 5th are a time of terror. Furthermore, fireworks are now part of the festivities for many of us over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Noise phobia is a problem for many dogs, and also to a lesser degree in cats. It is not fully understood why certain pets become fearful of noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms. Signs may include hiding, vocalising, shaking, pacing, dilated pupils and inappropriate urination. The good news is that our pets needn’t suffer unduly with a fear of loud noises. It is important for owners to understand that punishment increases anxiety levels, and comforting a fearful pet may reinforce the behaviour, both making the problem worse. Management aims at reducing the level of distress to the pet. Owners can trial creating a safe sanctuary for a pet such as a cardboard box or carrier, trying to reduce the impact of the inciting noise by blocking out the sound altogether or putting on a radio. Numerous prescription and non-prescription medications are useful in helping to sedate the pet or reducing anxiety. Diffusers are available for dogs and cats from the Arc, which release an odourless pheromone into the home to reduce stress. It is also possible to try desensitisation – exposing the pet to a gradually increasing noise stimulus, which does not provoke anxiety, until a level is reached where the phobia is eliminated. It is important that owners of phobic pets prepare by speaking to us and discussing solutions well in advance of the anticipated event … so that we can all enjoy the fireworks!
- Home | Arc Vets | Muswell Hill | London
Get 5 Weeks Free Pet Insurance with Vetsure Get insurance Welcome to Arc Vet Centre Based in Muswell Hill Learn More About Us Register With Us The Arc Philosophy We're an independent practice, owned by Will and Rich, combining traditional values with modern techniques and facilities. We put your pet's health at the heart of everything we do and take great pride in providing expert, compassionate care to all our patients. We try to make sure that you always see either Will or Rich and we promise we won't ever pressure you into performing unnecessary tests or treatments. We sell all medications at cost price with no mark-up and help out the local charities All Dogs Matter & Cats Protection with low-cost consultations and surgeries. Word of mouth recommendations from happy customers has been our best marketing tool and helped us grow to the size we are today. Dr Richard Harper & Dr Will Woodley Read More Our Services The most advanced facilities would mean nothing without the ability to empathise with the animals under our care. Travel Abroad Read More Vaccinations Read More Surgical Procedures Read More Keyhole Surgery Read More Xray & Ultrasound Read More In House Blood Tests Read More Meet our Vet... Dr Richard Harper Partner Rich graduated from the Royal Vet College and has also undertaken a Masters Degree in Clinical Oncology so he can provide a greater level of expertise particularly to animals suffering from cancer. Richard has recently returned from sabbatical in Latvia where his wife Sarah was busy running the Embassy. They welcomed their daughter Evie into the family this March who joins big brothers Billy (Human), Joey (Canine) and Duke (Feline). Email Richard Meet our Vet... Dr Will Woodley Partner Will is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Veterinary College and joined the partnership in early 2015 to help Rich out as the practice became busier. Will has worked in various practices throughout the UK including mixed practice (cows/horses/sheep/cats/ dogs) and small animal hospitals. Will's interest is in all aspects of veterinary medicine as well as being one of the few vets currently performing veterinary key-hole surgery. Email Will Why Choose Arc Vets? Take a look at some of our key facts below Independent Practice Free Parking Modern Facilities Highly Qualified Vets Want to learn more about our key facts? Read More... What our Customers Say... For the first time we have found a truly wonderful vet in Richard...he looks after our Black Lab ,"Chaos" beautifully. He came highly recommended by our dog walkers, he is very patient ( with us!!)...and has a fantastic way with the dog. We have never felt rushed when we are in there..he gives honest, straightforward advice, prices are very reasonable for a North London vet...he doesn't patronise. He is not at all pushy , unlike a number of vets , and doesn't push expensive medication , procedures or treatment. He is a real find and we hope that he does very well.he deserves it. SIOBHAIN & CHAOS
- About | Arc Vets | Muswell Hill | London
About > Home About The Practice Arc Vets is an independent veterinary practice established by Rich in 2011. We are not part of a corporate group or franchise and this provides us the freedom to operate the practice with our patients as top priority. We strongly believe that by placing the patient as top prioritiy, making a living will inevitably follow. The premises have been converted to the highest standards with digital radiography, ultrasound, keyhole laparoscopy. Hygienic safety flooring, separate (walk-in) dog & cat kennels and dedicated sterile operating theatre. Situated 50 yards from the steps to the Muswell Hill Parkland Walk - it's less like going to the vets and more like going for a nice walk! Plus we have free of charge private parking right in front of the practice door. Arc Vets work closely with the charities All Dogs Matter & Cats Protection, providing them with veterinary care including neuterings and non-routine surgical operations. Key Facts We try to make it so you always see Dr Will or Dr Rich we try to make sure we only occasionally employ locum vets. We're an independent practice , owned by Will & Rich, not part of a corporate chain or franchise. We have plenty of free parking right in front of the practice. We have invested in modern facilities and equipment to ensure we provide the highest quality care possible. There's not much we can't do here at the Arc but we have close links with nearby referral facilities If required. Both Rich and Will qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London. Our business model is based on charging appropriately for our professional time and expertise and not from selling products etc. We don't charge a mark-up on sales of medications . We sell them at the price we buy them from our wholesaler plus VAT and a prescription medicine dispensing fee. If you can find it cheaper elsewhere we'll happily write you a prescription. We're one of the few practices in the UK to perform key-hole surgeries , a less invasive less painful way of neutering your pet. Richard has a masters degree in Oncology and so can offer advice on cancers and treatment options including chemotherapy. We provide the veterinary care and surgical procedures for the North London dog rehoming charity- All Dogs Matter. We are the vets for the North London Cats Protection Charity Meet our Vet... Dr Richard Harper Partner Rich graduated from the Royal Vet College and has also undertaken a Masters Degree in Clinical Oncology so he can provide a greater level of expertise particularly to animals suffering from cancer. Richard has recently returned from sabbatical in Latvia where his wife Sarah was busy running the Embassy. They welcomed their daughter Evie into the family this March who joins big brothers Billy (Human), Joey (Canine) and Duke (Feline). Email Richard Did you know? Meet our Vet... Dr Will Woodley Partner Will is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Veterinary College and joined the partnership in early 2015 to help Rich out as the practice became busier. Will has worked in various practices throughout the UK including mixed practice (cows/horses/sheep/cats/ dogs) and small animal hospitals. Will's interest is in all aspects of veterinary medicine as well as being one of the few vets currently performing veterinary key-hole surgery. Email Will Meet our Vet... James Creasey Advanced Surgical Procedures Our visiting Advanced Practitioner James Creasey BVSc is able to offer advanced surgical techniques on site with out the need for referral to distant hospitals. This also helps to keep the costs down. James performs various Cruciate Ligament repair techniques, with the complete package including the surgery, implants, post-op checks, Xrays and medications for £3500.
- Services & Prices | Arc Vets | Muswell Hill | London
Services & Prices > Home Services & Pricing Our Services The most advanced facilities would mean nothing without the ability to empathise with the animals under our care. It's really important to us that we do the right thing for your pet and this means discussing every step of diagnosis and treatment with you before embarking on it. Pets are individuals and what's right for one is not necessarily right for another. We want you to understand the problem your pet is having and how we're trying to fix it. We will always treat animals under our care with love and respect, with biscuits and a chin scratch. View Services Our Prices Veterinary pricing is usually a bit opaque, we've tried to make a really clear pricing structure so there aren't any nasty surprises. The underlying principle is that we charge for our time and skills and don't charge a mark up on medicines and items. This means we sell our medicines at the price we get them from our wholesaler plus VAT. Prescription Only Medicines (POM-V) are charged at cost price plus a £15.0 dispensing fee. Non Prescription Medicines (NFA-VPS, AVM-GSL) are charged at cost price plus a £6 dispensing fee. If you can find drugs cheaper online just ask us for a prescription and we will happily write you one. (Prescription fee - £15). We would issue caution when looking for drugs online and recommend you use either a GPhC Registered Internet Pharmacy or a VMD Accredited Internet Retailer. We can write a 6 month prescription for some drugs but only 3 months or less for other more controlled or dangerous ones.. We will provide you with a written estimate for any diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, we will only exceed these estimates if it is critical for your animal's health that we do so and you are not contactable at the time. Download Price List