Is Your Pet at a Healthy Weight?
Pet health is a lot like human health when it comes to weight gain. Our pets can suffer the same health problems that humans face when they are overweight or obese, such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.
Check to see if your dog or cat needs to go on a diet by rubbing your pet gently along the side from his chest back to his rear legs. Can you feel the ribs without trouble? If you can, then your pet’s weight is probably fine. If you can’t, he probably needs to go on a diet and get more exercise
If you’re the least bit concerned, check with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can help you put your pet on a diet and recommend the right foods to help your animal slim down.
Your pet’s health depends on a balanced diet, lots of exercise and regular checks-ups.
Preventing Obesity for Your Dog
Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S., even for dogs. It may be simple to ignore your dog’s weight problem, but remember that it may shorten his lifespan and make his days more laborious and less enjoyable. Obesity can also lead to other health problems, like diabetes, diminished immune function and digestive problems.
Develop Healthy Habits
If your dog has become overweight and you can no longer feel his ribs, it’s time to change his habits. Weight loss for your dog starts with diet and daily exercise. Healthy weight-loss habits include:
- A healthy weight management formula or a veterinary weight-loss diet.
- Making sure to walk your dog or provide him with some form of exercise every day.
- Completely cutting out table scraps from his diet.
- Making sure treats comprise no more than 10% of his daily caloric intake.
Visit Your Veterinarian
For the best chance of successful weight loss, work with your veterinarian to make a comprehensive, customized plan for your dog.
We know how important a healthy weight is for your dog’s health and happiness. Hopefully these guidelines will help your dog develop healthy weight-loss habits.