Common Obesity Disorders
As few as five pounds above you pet’s ideal weight can result in an increased rate of developing some serious medical conditions. Some of the common disorders associated with obesity include, but are not limited to:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Many forms of cancer
- Hip Dysplasia
- Back & joint pain
- Endocrine Diseases
Did You Know! Obesity Facts
Routine walks and playtime, combined with sensible feedings, can sometimes divert the need for medical attention?
Feed Your Pet Right
Obesity may be related to poor quality, high carbohydrate foods and/or treats
- Always choose a high quality pet health food, dense in nutrients with real meat
- Foods with a minimum amount of low quality grains are a better choice
- Do not compromise your pet’s health or weight with poor quality treats as they often contribute to obesity – offer only healthy treats minimally
- It’s important to remember that what’s suggested on the bag is for the average pet. Lifestyle activity, level and age will affect how much food your pet really needs
Weight Loss Tips
Select a high quality health food and manage portions
- Move the food bowl as far away from your dog’s favorite haunt if possible to encourage them to move around the house!
- Use toys, balls, squeaky toys, anything that encourages your pet to play for at least ten to twenty minutes a day
- Do not use a self-feeder
- Give your pet extra attention when he begs for food many pets will substitute food for affection
- Feed small meals frequently
- Give vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and asparagus. Dogs love crunchy treats so make it a healthy, low-calorie choice!
You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs easily without pressing but you shouldn’t see the ribs through the coat. There should be a tuck in the abdominal area and when viewed from above, your pet’s torso should resemble an hourglass.