Pet Paunch: Overcoming Obesity In Your Animal

Monday, 19 March 2018
With over half of the cats and dogs in the US being overweight or obese, it seems that the diet struggle doesn’t end with the owners. Around the world, this trend doesn’t seem to differ too much, with areas like Europe coming in close behind. Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for the health impact this can have on a small animal. Given their tiny bodies, cats and little dogs can’t take the same culinary beating that a human can, and their weight should always be on your mind. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring this area, along with some methods to help you to start handling it correctly.

Diet: The first part of this to consider will be the diet you have in place for your pet. Being the largest contributing factor to their size, this is a great place to start, and there are loads of tools out there to help you with it. A weight calculator will be the best place to start, as this will give you a good idea of the sort of food they need to be eating to be healthy. Along with this, though, you could also talk to your local vet to get an idea of the sort of work you’ll have to do here.

Exercise: Along with keeping their overall diet in check, a lot of people will want to make sure that their pet gets the right amount of exercise, too. Most dogs will need to be walked at least twice a day if you want to improve their fitness, including plenty of games like fetch which will keep their heart pumping. Indoor cats are the hardest for this, and you will need to work hard to give them enough play each day to stay in shape.

Treats: Going back to food, it can be far too easy to give your pet exactly what they want when they ask for it. Like humans, though, having too many treats will be bad for them, and you need to choose the right options to keep it healthy. Companies like AniForte have dedicated themselves to producing food which fits this bill. Of course, along with choosing the right treats, you will also need to learn how to moderate them if you want to be successful.

Your Lifestyle: In most cases, your lifestyle will directly impact your pets, and you will need to work to make sure that you all improve together. Overeating or spending little time thinking about food for yourself will almost certainly mean that you’re under thinking it for your pets. Even if it means changing your diet or being stricter with yourself, it will be worth putting in this effort if it positively impacts your furry friend.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your pet’s diet. It can be hard to focus on this part of life, especially when you want your animal to be happy. Of course, though, they will be happiest when they are in their prime, and you have the power to help them achieve this state.

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