The start of a new year can signal a fresh start for your pets. The most common human New Year’s resolution involves weight loss and developing a healthier lifestyle. With over 50% of America’s pets being overweight, now is the perfect time for your pet to jump on the weight-loss bandwagon.
As in people, carrying around extra weight can lead to profound health problems in dogs and cats. Overweight animals are more likely to suffer from diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Just a few extra pounds can lead to heat intolerance, difficulty breathing, and decreased liver function. Even worse, the effects of obesity on the heart and the lungs can have serious ramifications during anesthesia.
Here are some tips on how to promote weight loss in your pets:
1. Measure out their food at every meal. It’s easy to just fill a bowl up but it’s important to keep track of your pet’s actual intake. Starting with the recommendation on the back of the bag of food is a good place to start.
2. Monitor their progress. Just a few pounds can make a large difference in a small animal. Weekly weigh-ins will keep them on track. Feel free to come in and use our scale if you don’t have one big enough at home.
3. Watch those treats! Treats should not make up more than 20% of your pet’s daily caloric intake. Giving fruits or vegetables as treats are a great way to keep them satisfied without adding extra calories.
If you have any questions regarding weight loss or diet don’t be hesitate to give us a call.