We all love our pets and we have the tendency to feed them whenever they ask for food. A lot of the time, we just leave the food accessible so we don’t have to worry if we aren’t home. It’s not necessary a bad thing, but if you pet is an over eater it can lead to problems. Those puppy dog eyes or that mournful meow can be just a way of manipulating you and it might be best to resist them, no matter how hard it is. When we give into them, our animals get very excited and of course we love to see them happy.
Although table scraps and excess treats may seem like a good idea, the can be damaging to your pets’ health, especially if you over do it and your pet starts to put on extra pounds. While it’s okay to feed your pet table scraps from time to time, make sure you’re knowledgeably about what they can eat. For example it’s okay to give your pet meat, but grapes and chocolate can be very toxic and can make them very sick, even lead to death.
Take a look at some healthy treats for your animal and make sure you always read the ingredients of what you feed them. This includes pet food as some cheaper food can be very high in calories and you might be feeding them junk food without you realizing it.
If you’re concerned about your animals’ health, you should weight him or her regularly and track their process. You might be able to do this at home, but if you can’t then take him or her to the vet where they have special scales specifically designed for your furry friend.
Be aware that females are a greater risk of obesity than males, and dogs are at a higher risk than cats. Pet obesity also tends also to be related to their owners’ obesity as well. If an owner exercises his or her pet at least 30 minutes a day they will also be less likely to be overweight.
Many people aren’t aware of how much extra food or high fat food can have on animals or what is appropriate. Proper nutrition is extremely important for maximizing your pet’s wellness and health, especially as your pet gets older. By monitoring it, your pet will live a longer, healthier, and more productive life.
This October is Pet Obesity Awareness Month and according to a survey, over half of cats and dogs in North America are overweight or obese. Some of the possible health problems are:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Kidney problems
- 50% increase in cancer
However, thankfully, it’s easy to control your pet’s weight and make them healthy. Take your dog for a walk, preferably to a dog park where your pet can run around lots. A dog should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, however some bigger, worker dogs like Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Boxers should have more exercise. If your cat is beginning to put on some extra pounds, you might even try to take them for a walk. Not all cats will tolerate this however, so be cautious when taking them out.
Never put your pet on a crash diet or fast as it can cause distress with their metabolism and make them extremely sick.
If your pet is overweight, you can consult your vet and come up with a specific plan that is right for your animal. Call us at Cypress Vet Clinic if you have any questions about your pet’s health.