To celebrate the launch of its puppy growth charts at London Vet Show, the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition is giving away 2,000 to UK-based veterinary professionals.
According to the centre, the charts – inspired by those commonly used by paediatricians to monitor the growth of children – are to be used to plot regular weight measurements and identify potential problems early on.
Waltham said it worked with researchers from University College London and the University of Liverpool to create the growth standards, using analysis of bodyweight and age data from 50,000 healthy young dogs attending Mars Petcare’s network of primary care veterinary clinics across the US.
The data used to construct the charts were derived only from dogs that remained healthy and in ideal body condition for the first three years of life, ensuring they accurately reflected healthy growth.
Waltham also partnered with PDSA to trial the charts in clinics.
Prevention better than cure
Waltham global nutrition advisor Richard Butterwick said: “If trends can be spotted early on, immediate corrective action can be taken, giving every puppy the opportunity for healthy growth.”
Sign-up is open from 17 November and the free kits will be distributed from January 2017.
- To request a free chart kit, email WALTHAMgrowthcharts@vbd.co.uk
- Further training and reference materials are available via Waltham’s website.
VIDEO: How to use Waltham Puppy Growth Charts.