Health issues are things that matter to us about ourselves and our families. These worries should also include our pets. Obese animals are just as much a problem as their human companions.
There are poor health reasons that can cause weight issues but the number one reason is like us, a lack of exercise and overindulgence. Of course, we love to spoil and indulge our pets, but we should not forget that being disciplined is also a sign of love and affection, as our pet’s health is at risk if we overdo it. If you continue to feed your pet excessive amounts, chances are you will lose your friend at a young age. Too much food and not enough exercise = A Fat Pet.
You Should Know About Obesity
Obesity is actually a disease, described as an overabundance of body fat that will be dangerous enough to impair health. Studies show that in humans problems occur when body fat is 20 – 25 percent above normal body weight. In animals, it is considered to be along with the same guidelines. Diabetes, arthritis, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, and many other health issues can all affect your pet because they’re overweight.
How to Control Your Pets Weight?
Always buy good quality pet food as cheap versions will be higher in salt and sugar. Look for established brands that offer lower calories, but the same nutrients as their regular food. A lot of companies now sell indoor pet food because of this problem. Stick to the exact feeding instructions on the packet. Just because your pet may clean their bowl it doesn’t mean they’re still hungry. Remember a lot of animals eyes are bigger than their stomachs! If food is left out for them they will graze all day and definitely start to gain weight. Set exact feeding times and stick to them and don’t let your pet snack between meals. Try not to give into them by giving titbits from leftover food, you may think you’re being too strict but it’s in their best interest to maintain an established feeding pattern.
Another problem is giving house bound animals enough exercise. The most exercise some animals get is walking to their food bowl. Obviously dogs who are walked every day and get to play in the park will keep healthier than indoor pets. So you must set times and games up for your pet if, for example, they are an indoor cat. Having cat stands or toys you can throw for them to chase, will get them into the idea of exercise. Understanding your cat’s natural instinct is to pounce and chase after it’s a prey, should give you an idea of which pet toys will be most appropriate. For dogs, throwing balls in the park is a great form of exercise. Please don’t throw sticks as so many vets see injuries caused by sticks getting stuck in dogs mouths and throats.
Don’t forget most pet dogs have been bred to perform daily tasks alongside humans – sheepherders, sleigh pullers, hunters. So they naturally need to expel that energy every day and strengthen their muscles and limbs.