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Weight gain is a BIG problem for New Zealand pets

SD Canine Perfect Weight croppedWednesday, 11 November, 2015

It's not just New Zealanders who are suffering from obesity. Pets are too, with over 40% of dogs and over 30% of cats estimated to be clinically overweight or obese1,2.

Extra weight is a significant danger to their health. Cats face the prospect of increasing the risk of serious diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, painful osteoarthritis and urinary disease.

Many of us don’t 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.

What are the signs of an overweight pet?

  1. Is it difficult to feel their ribs or spine?
  2. Is it difficult to see your pet's waist?
  3. SD Feline Perfect Weight croppedIs their abdomen sagging?

When people want to lose weight, they usually do so by eating healthy food in the right amounts. The same is true for our 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 weight management diet that works in a different way to other weight loss pet foods. It works to activate your pets’ natural ability to burn fat and increase appetite control, and it is formulated with a blend of natural ingredients that put pets in calorie-burning mode.

If you think your pet is overweight, we recommend that you consult with your Veterinarian.


1 McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, et al. 2005. Prevalence of obesity in dogs examined by Australian Veterinary Practices and the risk factors involved. Vet Rec 156:695-707; Statistics adjusted for NZ pet population from the NZ Companion Animal Survey 2011
2 McGreevy PD, Thomas PC, et al. Overweight or Obese Cats Presented to Australian Veterinary Practices: Risk Factors and Prevalence. Aust Vet Practice 38(3) 98-107.
Hill’s trial data on file, 2011.
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