Most companion dogs and cats have a tendency to becoming overweight. While we are at school or work, our pets are often lazing around our home. It is easy for them to over-eat or be over-fed. Small cats and dogs require only a fraction of the calories humans require, so treats and extra snacks quickly add up.
Weight loss is best achieved through a combination of monitoring diet and food intake and increasing exercise and activity level.
What to feed and how much?
Since many pets are getting more calories than they require on a daily basis, we recommend starting their weight loss diet by removing the extras. This includes table scraps (breads, pastas, meats, leftovers). Vegetables are good treats and can be used as a low calorie filler for your dog – carrots, green beans, broccoli and cucumber are all good options for treats.
Starting a New Exercise RegimE
Exercise is a very important, but when our lives get busy sometimes it gets overlooked.
For pets that are not used to any activity, start slowly. This may mean a 5-10 minute walk twice daily. Brisk walks will increase their heart rate and metabolism better than a slow walk, but start with what your dog can handle. Increase the time you walk by 5 minutes every 1-2 weeks until you reach two to three 25-30 minute brisk walks per day.
Daily walks will always be more beneficial for your dog than one long strenuous walk once a week. More consistent walks more regularly are also less likely to cause your dog injury as they are more appropriately conditioned to their regular exercise.
Cats can be more difficult to exercise. We will be looking at ways to exercise your cat later this month.
Monitoring Your Pet’s Weight LosS
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