How to Effectively Manage Your Pet’s Weight
Keeping your pet at an optimal weight is important to ensure their physical and mental wellbeing remains healthy as they age. Obesity can negatively impact a pet’s wellbeing and life expectancy. It’s important to know about the right pet medical services as overweight pets are at risk of developing serious health conditions including osteoarthritis, heart disease, urinary stones and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
Common Causes of Weight Gain in Pets
Both dogs and cats have an ideal weight dependent on their breed, size and lifestyle. It’s important to research the right animal healthcare for your pet as excess weight gain can result from health conditions, inactivity, overfeeding and can also be associated with pets entering their senior years.
Limiting Food and Treats
Choosing the right pet food is vital in ensuring that your pet has a balanced diet that matches their exercise levels, breed, age and lifestyle. It’s also important to not feed your pet too many treats or tidbits. Research has shown that that the extra calories an average dog is being fed in tidbits adds up to a staggering 54,000 calories each year. If an average medium-sized dog was to overeat at this rate it would be the equivalent of a human eating 340 cheese burgers every year, in addition to their regular meals.
Seeking Veterinary Advice
Our veterinarians are able to assess your pet’s weight and diet, and can provide expert advice on weight management for your pet. If your dog or cat is overweight, effective treatments can involve implementing a weight control diet, introducing a regular program of exercise and scheduling regular health checks with our veterinary team. Sydney Animal Hospitals stock a variety of pet foods including Hill’s weight loss, joint care, veterinary medical services and mobility support diets which are calorie controlled to sustain a healthy weight.
For more information about Sydney Animal Hospital’s Preventative Health Care Plans, please call our team or visit our website.
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