1. How do I know if my pet is overweight?
You can usually tell if your pet is overweight by observing him and his behaviour. Your pet is healthy if you can feel its ribs and have a clear waist when you look at it from above. However, the most accurate way to determine if your pet is overweight is to have it examined by a veterinarian. Your vet can give you a more accurate answer based on your pet’s breed, age, and overall health.
2. What are the health risks associated with overweight pets?
Keeping overweight pets can lead to many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, joint pain and arthritis, respiratory problems, and a shorter lifespan. Pets that are overweight may also have difficulty exercising and enjoying life.
3. How much exercise do I need to help my pet lose weight?
The amount of exercise your pet needs varies greatly depending on its breed, age, size and health. In general, dogs should be active for at least 30 minutes to two hours per day. Cats do better when played and moved for short periods of time. Talk to your vet about how you can improve the situation for your pet.
4. Can “light” or “diet” pet food help pets lose weight?
Dietary or ‘light’ pet food can help your pet lose weight because it usually contains fewer calories and fat while still providing your pet with all the nutrients it needs. That said, it’s important to choose good weight-loss foods and eat them slowly. Consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet. They can tell you which food is best for your pet based on its needs.
5. Can I use treats during training if my pet is overweight?
Treats can help you train your pet, but you should be careful when giving them to overweight dogs. Choose low-calorie foods and consider giving your pet a daily treat. To avoid overfeeding, always include these calories in your calculation of the amount of food you should eat each day.