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Cats, Dogs

Ways to Help Your Pet Lose Weight

Do you have an overweight cat or has your dog struggled with being bigger than he needs to be (does this sound like a weight loss advertisement)? As you already know, this is a common issue in both humans and pets. Overweight or underweight, we love them just the same but the fact remains that carrying extra pounds can be dangerous for our four-legged friends.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2015, an estimated 53.8% of US dogs were overweight or obese. An estimated 58.2 % of US cats were overweight or obese. The same survey confirms that the trend has increased over the last seven years. The number is growing and pets are at greater risk for diabetes than ever before. Don’t allow your pet to be part of this statistic. Take measures to help him or her lose weight now.

Weight Loss Tips for Dogs and Cats Include:

  • Make sure your pet’s getting the right amount of calories. Calculate the amount of calories your dog or cat needs and stick to the plan. As always, you may want to talk to your veterinarian before making any extreme changes to your pet’s diet. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention recommends allowing several days for your pet to transition into the new diet. Take things a day at a time.
  • Increase exercise and be sure that your pet is moving at a fairly consistent and steady pace. A lot of dogs tend to walk and stop several times. There are ways to motivate your dog to keep moving. Use toys and other tools to keep your pet interested in walking and staying active. The amount of exercise your pet will need does depend on their size and how overweight they actually are.
  • Let other people know you are trying to help your pet lose weight. Some people don’t realize that their pet is getting several treats from a friendly housemate on top of the treats they are already providing them. This can cause a treat overload situation and excess weight. Let everyone that comes into contact with your four-legged companion know that your pooch is on a much needed treat retreat.
  • Be consistent with your plan! Once you have come up with a plan that you and the veterinarian agree on, be sure to stick with it and note any concerns or complications. The plan won’t work if you give up on it a week after you try. Remember that this is what’s best for your pet.
  • Take a look at the label on your pet’s food and treats. Identify some of the key ingredients as good or bad and decide if this is what you want to give your pet. This part might take some research or a call or two to an expert.

Good luck and we hope this post helps you keep the health and well-being of your pet at the forefront of your mind.

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