by Claire Brash MRCVS, Station House Vets
At the practice we look forward to the arrival off our Hills nutritional advisor, Leigh, as he always brings us pens and a delicious picnic lunch to encourage us to attend his lectures. However, I am fighting the Christmas bulge this month and conscientiously requested a salad. I was disappointed that it turned out to be a potato and pasta salad, which I couldn’t really justify eating, but I politely nibbled the cucumber as he talked.
This months lesson was on weight control, rather aptly, and I was excited to hear about the new food technology which allows pets to eat filling quantities of food whilst upregulating their genes to burn more calories and store less fat, leading to a lean yet satiated pet within months. I was already a convert to this Hill’s Metabolic food as I had used it successfully on both clients, pets, and on my mum’s enormously obese dachshund, “Tulip”, whilst she stayed with us when mum was recovering from a hip-op. It works!
I was already a convert to this Hill’s Metabolic food as I had used it successfully on both clients, pets, and on my mum’s enormously obese dachshund, “Tulip”[.]
He also went on, as I licked the dressing off the potatoes, to tell us about the special diets for neutered pets. My ears metaphorically pricked up as I am of a certain age myself where my own metabolic rate is miserably slow and my appetite is still that of a 15-year-old boy. By altering the balance of certain amino acids and increasing the levels of beta carotene, coconut oil, something from tomatoes, and another ingredient that I can’t now remember, the body can burn up more calories without hunger. I was enthralled and already planning a weird curry. He has convinced me of the benefits of the neutered pet food recipe and we will be recommending it to our clients when they come for their operations. Currently, we just advise that they decrease the amount they feed by a third after the stitches are dissolved, but this may help those prone to middle-age spread after neutering like Labradors and Mum’s “Tulip” to keep their figures without the hunger. Everyone else was tucking into mince pies as I eyed up a leathery satsuma. Lucky them!
From now on all our new pup and kitten clients can have a free 1kg bag of the Hills Veterinary Essentials Science puppy food and we will be stocking a wider range of the adult pet foods. With the benefit of pricing in line with the internet sellers, free returns if the food doesn’t suit your pet, and every 6th bag for free. We can offer your pet nutritional consults with our vets and nurses and weight control clinics…for your pet!