If your pet has been looking a little too well-fed lately, it’s important to know that overweight pets have a higher risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer. Helping them slim down is easier than you think—here are some tips to get you started:
- Weight loss is mostly about diet. Measure the amount you feed your pet every day and feed meals rather than leaving food out for free choice grazing
- Watch those treats. Pets love a good snack, but many treats are high in sugars and fats. For canines, instead of cookie-style treats, give them baby carrots, celery, cucumbers and ice cubes. For cats, opt for a dental chew (in limited amounts).
- Exercise more. Dogs of course love to go on walks, so take them out for a jog or a stroll 30 minutes a day for at least three to four days a week. Cats can get their exercise by playing indoor games like chasing a toy, laser light or feather for as little as 20 minutes a day.
- Get everyone involved. Whether you live with a partner, roommate or kids, keeping your household aligned with the same goal of helping your pet stay healthy will make things easier.
- Consult with your veterinarian. Vets are experts when it comes to pet nutrition and care, and our vets can consult with you on a plan to help your pet shed those extra pounds.
It’s not difficult to help your pet stay in shape, but it does take time and patience. You may not notice results right away but being consistent is key. For more information on how to help your pet get in better shape, contact us today.