Obesity is an issue that affects our pets as much as it does
us. Inactivity and too many calories lead to weight gain. This will affect the
health and wellbeing of our pet. Overweight animals are at an increased risk
for diabetes melitis. The usual treatment is daily injections of insulin, but
in some cases, animals that get down to a healthy weight can be weaned off of
the insulin. Extra weight will cause unnecessary stress on joints. The most
common joint affected being the stifle (knee) joint, which can result in a
rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament.
Free choice feeding may not be the best option for many
pets, as some will eat until they are ready to burst. Treats can be the culprit
in many cases. Those sad pitiful eyes
sucker us every time…….I know my 4-legged children play their part well.
Putting our pets on a diet can be a challenge. If your pet
is overweight, a good look should be taken at what is being fed through out the
day. Cutting out treats can be beneficial in decreasing the calories your pet
is consuming. If treats must happen then
decrease the amount of kibble that is fed. Try treats with less calories such
as popcorn(without all the buttery goodness), green beans, squash or zucchini. Increase
your pet’s activity level; this also can increase our activity level, so it is
a win win situation for everyone!