Weight Management for your furry family member

March 29, 2018
Weight Management for your furry family member

A healthy lifestyle and a good figure are not just human struggles. For dogs and cats too, maintaining the ideal weight could be extremely tricky and failure to do so could lead to life-threatening ailments. More often than not, a pet’s weight issues could be linked to the owner’s attitude and habits too. In many cases, the damage from obesity is permanent and is a result of a lack of attention and wrong feeding habits.

Did you know that a staggering 22-44 percent of pets are substantially heavier than their ideal weight? Diabetes, joint issues and a decrease in lifespan are serious effects of obesity in pets. Most experts will tell you that when it comes to obesity in dogs and cats, prevention is better than cure.

The most important aspect of weight management of your furry family member is knowing the ideal weight for them and providing the right nutrition without adding too many calories.

Ask your vet about the ideal weight for your pet in case you are confused about it. In dogs, a simple physical check will help you ascertain whether they are in their ideal shape. Your pet should be in a proportioned, hourglass shape when viewed from above and should have only a thin covering of fat on their ribs and spine. If you can’t feel your dog’s ribcage, it’s time to worry about his weight.

There could be a number of factors contributing to your pet’s obesity:

  1. Overindulgence- As owners, we often confuse pampering for overfeeding. We tend to overindulge our pets, contributing largely to their obesity
  2. Giving in to Begging: Every dog begs. But it’s the will power of the owner that decides whether he gets to have his way. If you’re giving in to your pet’s begging, you’re actually promoting bad health habits in them
  3. Lack of Portion Control : The crux of your pet’s weight imbalance could be that you are not measuring their food portions properly. Pets must be fed according to pre-measured portions instead of keep their food bowl filled all the time.
  4. Too little exercise: Often, we do not understand the energy spending needs of our pets. It is important to understand the breed of your dog and the corresponding activity level it requires. If the dog is getting too little exercise, it could lead to obesity!
  5. Medical Attention: If you’ve tried everything in the book but it doesn’t seem to affect your pet’s weight, it’s time to consult your vet to see if your pet has any medical issues.

It’s important to keep an eye out for obesity in your pet and make sure you exercise your pet enough. Weigh your portions and take your furry family members for regular medical visits to make sure that they are in the best of health. Obesity is the result of a bad habit turned into a lifestyle.

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