The occurrence of obesity in pets is increasing. The level of obesity in pets is approaching over 40% affecting more and more pets.
Why should you, as a pet owner, worry about obesity? Many factors can contribute to obesity. Endocrine disease, overindulgence with treats, and even certain pharmacologic agents may increase the risk of weight gain in pets. Diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, urinary tract disease, orthopedic and skin issues are more common in obese animals. Other factors such as lack of exercise, food that is energy-dense and highly-palatable, free or over-feeding, and decreased territory size contribute to the rise of obesity.
Nutrition Facts: Amount of calorie intake in common snacks given to pets
HOT DOG (Whole)
PEANUT BUTTER (2 TBSP)
CREAM CHEESE (1 CUBIC INCH)
CHEESE (1 CUBIC INCH)
GENERAL SNACKER TREAT
CANINE PILL POCKET
If your pet is already obese, a veterinary-supervised weight loss program is the most effective approach. It’s important to understand that in trying to manage an overweight pet, it is not recommend to substantially decrease the amount you feed of your pet’s current food. In doing this, in addition to dramatically reducing the calorie intake, other nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals are likewise reduced. The average adult cat needs 20-30 calories per pound of body weight every day. A dog’s caloric requirements depend on its weight. For example, a 20 lb dog only requires about 700 cal/day, while an 80 lb requires about 2,000 cal/day. Lastly, to maintain lean body mass instead of accumulating fat, the diet should contain adequate amounts of protein and reduced levels of fat.
Helpful tips to help your obese pet at home
The most important technique when it comes to managing your pet’s weight is exercise. Other techniques to know are the input/output calorie intake in your pet’s diet and treats. Choosing a diet plays an important role when dealing with an obese pet. For example, there are light versus regular foods and adjust quantity and quality of treats to feed your pet. Lastly, routine weight checks at your local veterinarian helps manage and keeps your pet at its ideal weight.
Types of Techniques for Canines and Felines: Excersize is the best key such as walks, hikes, playing with toys, laser lights, agility classes and dogs parks
Following a set feeding schedule also helps to manage your pet’s weight. Useful guidlines to this technique is measuring out the food and feeding pets in seperate rooms.