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Your Pet Struggles With His Weight ? Here's a Few Solutions

The very first step to starting a weight loss program is to recognize that obesity is harmful to health and that losing weight is necessary for the quality and life expectancy of our pet. Just like in humans, excess weight can lead to several health problems and even decrease the longevity of our animals.

The goal of any weight loss is to reduce the number of calories ingested, that is, to consume less food and increase calorie expenditure by exercising more. Before starting a weight loss program for your pet, a visit to the veterinarian would be reccomended to ensure that there is no medical reason behind this obesity and that he is fit to follow a safe diet. This one will eat balanced meals with all the necessary nutrients and fewer calories than full rations.

There are two approaches to weight loss:
  • Diet high in fiber and low in calories: it will provide fewer calories per bite. The animal will therefore have no restrictions in quantity and will not beg for more food.
  • Diet that speeds up metabolism, allowing you to burn calories faster. Please consult your veterinarian for this specific diet. Diet food on the shelves of your store is designed to maintain weight or prevent obesity and is not recommended in a weight loss program.
Once your pet has been examined and weighed, the veterinarian will be able to determine the number of pounds he will need to lose in a set period of time. Ideally, your companion should follow a weight loss program designed by the veterinarian.

Feed Your Pet
Feeding your pet three to four times a day in small portions will burn more calories than two large portions a day. You should feed it with the required daily ration, but divide it into three or four rations.

Also, keep your companion away from the kitchen when preparing meals or when eating to prevent him from begging and being tempted to give him small treats, unnecessary calories that could be avoided. This habit is one of the causes of weight loss failure. All treats including cookies and leftovers should be prohibited during a weight loss program.

Exercise
Your pet’s weight loss program should include at least two daily walks of 15 to 20 minutes for dogs and 5 to 15 minutes of play for cats.

Remember to weigh your animal regularly at the same time and record its progress.

Reassessment
At the end of your pet’s weight loss program, a re-evaluation will need to be done to change the diet to a weight maintenance diet to prevent your pet from continuing to lose weight.

The most common health problems related to obesity in cats and dogs are:

For Dogs
  • Osteoarthritis (joint problem);
  • Diseases of the renal system and bladder;
  • Hypothyroidism;
  • Liver diseases;
  • Tearing of the knee ligaments;
  • Diabetes mellitus;
  • Herniated disc;
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Heart failure Lipoma and other outgrowths or greasy masses.
For Cats
  • Diseases of the renal system and bladder;
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Diabetes mellitus;
  • Asthma Liver diseases;
  • Osteoarthritis (joint problem);
  • Hypertension;
  • Heart failure Problems with the gallbladder;
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine.