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Do you love your dog or cat too much?

Jul 6, 2020 | Cats, Dogs, Pet Health

We all love food, and so do our pets. So what better way to show our pets that we love them than to give them yummy food? Unfortunately, this “love” often makes our pets overweight. Remember the difference between pets and people: one bite of steak for a 5kg cat is like a whole steak for an 80kg person!

A Labrador is hungry when it’s skinny, and hungry when it’s fat. So it may as well be skinny. This applies to other breeds and species, as well.

Overweight pets are at a very high risk of developing the following medical problems:
1. Early onset arthritis
2. Diabetes
3. Breathing disorders
4. Pancreatitis
5. And more!!

Unfortunately, loving our pets with food may shorten their lifespan. But what can we do instead?

  • Use a portion of your pet’s daily food as treats
  • Measure out the amount of bikkies that your animal gets for the day, and set a small portion of the daily food aside to use as treats and feed the rest as a meal.

Feed low-calorie treats

  • Vegetables are good treats! Avoid meat, fat, dairy, bread and other carbohydrates. Of course not all animals like veggies, but you can also often purchase low-calorie treats at your vet clinic.

Challenge your pet

  • If your pet loves food, consider popping into one of our clinics and picking up a maze bowl or Kong – the food is put inside the bowl/toy and your pet needs to work to get it out – it is a great way to keep your pet entertained and make meal times last longer.
  • In the end, show your pet you love it by keeping it fit and healthy.

If you would like more information on weight loss and weight targets, contact your local Anexa Vet clinic or book a consult with your local Vet nurse.

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