TOP 5 TIPS
TO PREVENT OBESITY IN YOUR PET
- Feed the correct amount of food.
- Every pet has different calorie requirements for their personal activity level and metabolism. Feeding the right food, with high quality ingredients, can have an overwhelming effect on your pet - you may see changes in their appetite and activity level, as well as improvements in their skin and hair coat.
- Check out our Nutrition Handout here.
- Regular exercise increases oxygen levels in blood, keeps muscles toned and joints flexible, and relieves boredom by activating your pet's mind. All of these things, along with the fact that it will help your pet remain in tip-top shape, means a better quality of life for you and your furry friend.
- Go for walks, tease your cat with a laser pointer, hide kibble in toys and leave them around the house for your pet to hunt.
- Keep an eye on your pet's weight so you know you're allowing them the correct amount of calories for their activity level.
- Check weight at home, or at the vet!
- Body Condition Score (BCS): You should be able to feel your pet's ribs without trying too hard while you glide your hands down their body.
- Discuss any diet changes or concerns with your veterinarian.
- Some treats can be up to half of your pet's necessary calorie intake.
- Change from meat-flavored dog treats to vegetables, like carrots or green beans.
- Make your cat work for their treats - hide them in a toy, throw them down the hallway so they can hunt/chase them.
- Be honest with yourself and your pet. Studies show 90% of owners with overweight pets believe that their pet is not overweight.
- If you have more questions or are interested in learning more about your pet's Nutritional health, schedule an Integrative Exam with Dr. Nell to discuss your pet's lifestyle and diet.
At Lombard Animal Hospital, in Portland, Oregon we strive to increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education,
nutrition and wellness!
Give us a call -- We'd love to see you and your pets!