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If there is one pastime that dogs and cats love more than walks, more than a nap, and even more than chasing a ball, it is eating.
However heavy dogs and cats are much more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver and joint problems.
Weight Loss Tips for Pets
1. Reduce or eliminate table scraps and treats. These are often high in fat and calories which contribute to excessive intake.
2. Reduce the amount of the current complete and balanced pet food. It is best to measure the amount of food the animal receives. This helps keep the serving size consistent and prevents the natural tendency to pour a little extra in the bowl.
3. Increase the amount of exercise the pet receives. This can simply mean walking the dog or playing catch in the backyard more often.
4. Consider switching to a low-calorie pet food. These products are typically lower in fat and higher in fiber. This allows the owner to continue to serve a nice-sized portion while reducing the number of calories the pet actually receives.
5. Consult a veterinarian before beginning any weight reduction program. The veterinarian can design a weight loss program for the individual pet and help identify specific problems and suggest alternatives along the way. It is also helpful to have the pet weighed periodically to track progress.
More ways to lower your pets weight:
• The best way to evaluate your pet's food intake
• 2 things your vet can do to help your pet lose weight
• 5 fun ways to help your pet exercise every day
• Plus, learn more ways to slim-down your overweight pet