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Patient Profile: Mo the Schnauzer

Obesity can be a significant health problem in our pets.

It is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems, diabetes, digestive disorders, arthritis and heart disease. It can also significantly shorten life expectancy.

Mo’s is a 4 year old Schnauzer. Her Mum & Dad were getting concerned about her weight and were looking at options to reduce this.

She was transitioned onto ‘Hills Metabolic + Mobility Plus’ and was weighed once a week. We found that she wasn’t enjoying the biscuits so switched her to Metabolic + Mobility wet canned food which she found palatable. There are also Hills Metabolic treats which can be given in replacement to her usual treats.

Mo started out at 13.5kg and over a period of 3 months she had lost a total of 2.5kg.



The weight-loss food works in a way in which increases the animal's metabolism, in theory speeding up the process of fat burning and helps your pet feel full and satisfied between meals.

All dogs have an ideal weight for their size and breed. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you what this is, and show you how to check that your dog is maintaining a healthy weight. Between check-ups, place your hands on his side - are his ribs hard to feel or even impossible to feel? If so, he is likely overweight.

Is my dog overweight?

  • Loss of an obvious waist
  • Collar needs loosening
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bad temper
  • Slow movement

At North Canterbury Vets we have a team of dedicated nurses who have a passion for weight loss clinics that can be specialised to your pets needs.  

About the author

North Canterbury Vets are a mixed practice which deals with dairy cows, beef, sheep, deer, horses and alpacas as well as companion animals. Our team has an ethical focus to assist in developing and growing our clients' businesses and providing quality health care to ensure that their livestock and pets live healthy and productive lives.

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North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics operates four clinics throughout the Hurunui region.