Keep your pet healthy with these easy eating habits!
While your ‘fluffy’ pet may be more to love, obesity can cause long-term health issues for dogs and cats. Negative side effects of pet obesity include breathing difficulties, high blood pressure, liver disease, diabetes, decreased stamina, osteoarthritis, a lower immune system, and an increase the chances of developing cancerous tumors. Follow the tips below to help your pet maintain a healthy weight.
Visit the Vet
Ask your vet to help you determine how many calories your pet needs per day. While most pet feed bags have a guide, they aren’t always accurate. There are several factors to take into consideration when counting calories. Is your pet fixed? How old are they? Are they super active? Each pet is different so it’s always a good idea to visit your vet before starting a diet.
As with people, portions are important. Your pet may require only a third of what you’ve been feeding them and as we humans know, it adds up fast. Free feeding works for some pets, but if your pet goes through food fast scheduled feedings might be a better option. Use a measuring scoop to portion out your pet’s meals.
Cuddles, Not Treats
Lots of us show affection to our pets by doling out tasty treats. But those calories add up, especially if your pet is a good boy or girl which we are sure they are. Give your pet an extra ear scratch or tummy rub to show affection instead of a treat. If you do give treats, choose low-calorie sugar-free options.
Get Your Walk On
If your pet is okay to go on walks, take them for daily strolls. Not only will this help them walk off the excess pounds, it will give them beneficial fresh air and help them socialize.
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