Maintaining the proper weight for your pet is the first step toward long term good health. The fight against animal obesity is not a new thing, but it has recently gained more attention.
In the US, the most recent statistics showed that within five years, obese dogs and cats exceed the number of healthy animals, also implying a forecast increase of medical conditions associated with excess weight.
Obesity can affect an animal’s health and quality of life. Obesity is primarily caused by overeating, overfeeding and not enough exercise which, as pet owners, is our responsibility. However, the cause of obesity sometimes comes second to certain diseases (e.g. hypothyroidism in dogs).
Obesity is associated to diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and even some types of cancer.
Facing food as the major contributor to the weight of our pets means lessening the high caloric intake of your animals’ meals. Pet owners don’t always follow dietary instructions and provide more meals because they simply feed their animals when they think they are hungry. No one wants to feel like they’re starving their dog and boy, are they EXPERTS in giving us those “I’m hungry” eyes.
Sometimes it’s difficult to resist them looking at us, begging for food. Avoid offering them human treats like sausages, cheese, crackers or chips. The metabolism of your dog is different from your own!
Animal owners have also reported that their animals gained weight after being spayed or neutered. These procedures may somewhat affect your pet’s body weight and body condition since the reduction of sexual hormones leads to a decrease in metabolic rate and energy needs. Keep in mind that animals postprocedural diet change. Try to focus on maintaining an ideal weight.
Ask your veterinarian to advise you on the most appropriate measures for your dog. If you can help your dog to reach and maintain.
Author: Petable Team