Did you know 1 out of every 3 pets is overweight? Overweight pets are becoming so normal that people underestimate their pet’s body condition and therefore, do not take action.
How did our pets get so overweight? Couple of reasons:
Many pet parents don’t know how much they are feeding and then tend to overfeed. Ensure you are using a measuring cup rather than a ‘scoop’ to determine how much goes in the food bowl. Treats are, often times, used as a sign of affection or positive reward. Limit treats to 10% or less of your pet’s daily calories. Feed low calorie treats (even raw carrots!) and keep in mind… a scratch behind the ears goes a long way and can replace an edible treat.
Lack of Exercise
Like us, diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. To lose weight, we need to decrease calories and increase activity.
Certain diseases can cause inactivity such as arthritis, hypothyroidism, etc. Bi-annual veterinary checkups are key to ensuring your pet’s health concerns are addressed.
Breed and Genetics
It’s not my fault, I was born this way! Some breeds that have a higher reported prevalence of obesity:
- Labrador Retriever
- Cairn Terrier
- Maine Coon
- Cocker Spaniel
- Russian Blue
If your pet is one of these breeds, take precaution and work with your veterinarian on keeping their weight under control.
Let’s prevent some health risks associated with being overweight (arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular problems). Put down that treat and pick up the leash!
- Dr. Jaime Pickett