Is your pet a tad too plump? Obesity can have significant health consequences for animals. So if your furry friends are putting on the pounds, here are some helpful tips from Petcurean on how to manage your pet’s weight. Thanks to Petcurean for sponsoring this post.
Did you know that 22-44% of pets weigh more than their ideal body weight?
Yes, we humans aren’t the only ones putting our health at risk with belly bulge. Obesity is a huge issue for pets too — bringing problems such as diabetes in cats and decreasing the lifespan of your dog.
It doesn’t take much time before the negative side effects of being overweight take their toll. In fact, effects can start to appear within just a few weeks of the onset of obesity.
We may have a hard enough time being strict with our own healthy eating and lifestyle habits, but as pet parents, we must also be honest with ourselves about our pets’ weight and do our job to keep them healthy and at their best.
How to Help Manage Your Pet’s Weight
If it were up to my dog, AJ, he would eat all day long. He is obsessed with food and has the most pitiful (and effective) begging expressions.
It is heartbreaking to refuse him. But I know that giving into his unending appetite for all things yummy isn’t what is best for him.
If you also struggle with how to help manage your pet’s weight, here are some tips from the experts at Petcurean:
Evaluate Your Pet’s Current Weight
Weigh your pet at the vet’s office or with your home bathroom scale and check it against this Body Score chart to help you determine the current status of your pet’s weight.
An important rule you should keep in mind when managing your pet’s weight is restricting treats and resisting the urge to give them table scraps.
These items make it hard for you to regulate what your pet is eating.
For dogs, you can feed them a weight loss recipe with reduced calories. This option allows your pup to eat the same volume of food they’re used to eating, but with less calories. Petcurean’s GO! Fit + Free makes a great diet feeding option with a protein-rich, lower carb recipe.
Alternatively, you can simply cut back on the amount of food you’re currently feeding. To ensure your dog still feels full after these smaller meals, you can add canned pumpkin or green beans as a fiber-rich and healthy topper.
Cats do the best on low carb canned recipes since the wet food not only promotes weight reduction, but also helps cats feel fuller. GO! Fit + Free also offers canned recipes for cats.
Decreased food intake should be accompanied by increased physical activity.
Track your pet’s weight through weekly weigh ins. A rapid decline in weight can be harmful to your pet.
As you monitor their progress, continue to check them against the body score chart. That will tell you when your pet’s weight goals have been reached!
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Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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