Ways To Keep Your Pet From Becoming Obese

Did you know that more than half of pet dogs and cats are obese or overweight? There are a lot of pudgy pets out there! We know, it’s fun to give Fido or Fluffy a special snack, and score some extra purrs or tail wags. However, your furry friend will be much healthier staying at or near their ideal weight. In this article, a local St. Vital, Manitoba vet offers tips on keeping your four-legged buddy trim.

Portion Sizes

Monitoring your pet’s serving sizes is very important. Even giving your dog or cat just a little too much food every day can make them pack on extra pounds. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Resist Begging

Dogs and cats are very, very good at getting us to spoil them. In fact, many of our furry patients have their humans wrapped around their paws! While it’s fine—and even beneficial—to give your pet a treat now and then, don’t let your four-legged friend convince you to overfeed them.

Encourage Activity

You won’t have much luck telling Fluffy to do stair runs, so you may have to trick her into moving. Play with your cat every day, using toys that you can control. Your kitty will also benefit from having furniture that encourages her to jump and climb, like a cat tower or cat shelves. As for Fido, his exact exercise needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, but he’ll need a daily walk, at the very least. If your pooch has more energy than you do, play games that keep your dog moving while you stay still, like Fetch. Automated ball launchers and laser pointers can also be very helpful here. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Toys and Stimulation

Just like people, pets sometimes snack out of boredom. If your pet isn’t doing much other than going back and forth from their bed to their food bowl, your furry buddy may need more entertainment. Toys are very important here. If you have a dog, give Fido a fun puzzle toy to keep him occupied. Kitties may appreciate a window seat with a good view.

Do you have questions about your pet’s nutritional needs? Please reach out to us, your local St. Vital, Manitoba vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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