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Vets and nurses on the premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
If you need us for an urgent enquiry of an emergency just call, we answer the phone 24 hours a day (01235) 524 777. Emergencies in the night are seen at our Abingdon Veterinary Surgery. Please note we have a reduced staffing level at night so we would kindly ask that for routine enquiries and appointments you call during our main opening hours.

Abingdon Veterinary Surgery
The Vineyard,
Abingdon,
Oxon,
OX14 3NR
T. (01235) 524 777
E. abingdonhospital@abivale.com

Introducing… Nurse Weight Clinics

Posted: 24th January 2019

A typical New Year's resolution for a lot of us is to lose some weight - turn back the clock on the Christmas over-indulgence, and to get fit. Achieving anything is much easier with a friend, so why not bring your furry friend along for the journey? A little bit of extra weight can potentially cause big problems for pets, just as they can in humans.

Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, joint disease, as well as breathing and digestion issues, are common problems in overweight animals. These can lead to a decreased quality and length of life. Delaying the onset, or even preventing these disease all together can be as simple as maintaining them at a healthy weight.

Weight management in our pets is very similar to us - it’s a combination of high quality food in the correct amount, and exercise. At Abivale Vets, our friendly team of nurses offer free of charge weight management clinics, and are happy to talk you through types of diets, correct portion size, as well as activities and exercise to help you get your pet started on their weight loss journey. Just as important, they are here for regular weigh-ins to check your pet’s progress and to give you advice if you aren’t seeing the progress we expect.

The important thing to remember when starting these journey is to set achievable and healthy goals. Think “Couch to 5k” - steady increases of exercise to build up fitness and endurance. If your dog is used to sleeping all day, with only a 20 minute walk in the evening, suddenly walking an hour every day can leave them exhausted and painful! Variety is the spice of life so be sure to mix it up with playing with toys, gentle running, as well as slowly increasing walks to keep it fun. Our nursing team are more than happy to help you put an exercise plan together to match you pet’s age and breed.

Weight loss in cats can be more challenging but not impossible. Exercise doesn’t have to mean walks. Laser pointers can be great fun for your feline friend to chase, or a toy on string, dangled just out of reach can spark that hunting instinct, or putting their daily portion of dry food within a puzzle game so they are getting physical and mental stimulation. Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk, so try to build play time in either early morning or early evening, as this is the time they will be most interested in playing.

Our weight management clinics are held at our Abingdon, Wallingford and Wantage branches. These consultations are free of charge and weigh-ins are scheduled every 2-4 weeks depending on your needs and schedule.

Give us a call today T. 01235 524 777 to make an appointment to get your furry friend back to a healthy weight.

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Vets and nurses on the premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

If you need us for an urgent enquiry of an emergency just call, we answer the phone 24 hours a day 01235 524 777. Emergencies in the night are seen at our Abingdon Veterinary Surgery. 

Please note we have a reduced staffing level at night so we would kindly ask that for routine enquiries and appointments you call during our main opening hours.

Abingdon Veterinary Surgery,
The Vineyard,
Abingdon,
Oxon,
OX14 3NR

t. 01235 524 777
e. abingdonhospital@abivale.com

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