Obesity isn’t just a health issue facing humans. More than half of the pets in the United States are overweight or obese as well and the number one cause is people overfeeding their cats and dogs.
What many people don’t realize is that extra weight on pets can create a number of health risks just as it does in humans. Diabetes, pancreatitis, joint problems, arthritis, cancer, all can be contributed to being too heavy.
Pets become overweight the same way humans do. They intake more calories than they use in daily activities and snacks and treats are often the main contributors to weight gain.
If you suspect your pet may be overweight, the first thing to find out what your pet’s optimal weight should be and weigh them.
Body Conditioning Score Chart For Dogs
Body Conditioning Score Chart For Cats
Given that the optimal weight differs between breeds of dogs, consult with your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist before you start your pet on any weight loss plan. For instance, certain dog breeds such as Greyhounds and Belgian Malinois may appear more slender naturally, whereas St. Bernards and Newfies are bigger boned and may be wider.
As with any weight loss program key factors to success include: good nutrition, exercise and routine!
Share this useful information with the pet lovers in your family!