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Tips to Help An Overweight Pet Slim Down

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Obesity is linked to many common animal health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and other joint injuries, as well as certain forms of cancers. Just a few pounds above their ideal body weight can put your furry family member at risk for developing one, if not more, of these serious medical illnesses. Overweight pets also tend to have a shorter lifespan than those that fall into a healthy weight range.

Many owners are unsure what to do if their pet is overweight. The first step is to encourage exercise. Set aside some time each day to play with your pet or take them for a walk. The second is to evaluate their diet. Determine if they are eating the right type and amount of food.

Before putting your pet on a nutritional diet, consult your regular veterinarian. It is always possible that there could be an underlying medical condition that is causing or contributing to your pet’s excess weight gain. It is imperative that your veterinarian perform a routine physical examination, as well as laboratory testing, in order to rule out chronic conditions and to aid in designing a successful weight loss program for your pet.

A very common question is how much an owner should feed their pet in order to keep them at their ideal weight. Start by asking your veterinarian for help in determining the appropriate weight range for your pet. They can advise based on the breed and size. It is also important that you are aware of the number of calories that are in the food that your pet is eating and that you are appropriately measuring the amount of food your pet is receiving when entering into a weight loss program. Try offering several small meals a day of their proportioned amount, rather than one large meal.

Once you have committed to putting your pet on a weight loss program, it becomes important that you determine if the plan is working for your pet. Every pet is different and may require adjustments to the recommended diet and new routine before seeing positive results. It is recommended to have your pet’s weight checked once a month until their ideal weight is achieved.

For all pets, the secret to weight loss is the dedication and commitment of their concerned family. As difficult as it may be, it is up to the human family members to help protect their furry ones from debilitating diseases that can result from becoming overweight. Working closely together with your regular veterinarian you can help your pet achieve a healthy body weight and lifestyle safely and successfully.

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