Did you know that nearly 50% of all our pets are overweight or obese? Keeping your pet slim and in good shape, can extend their life expectancy by up to 2 years and allows them to play, run and generally lead a happier life.
Why is it so important to keep my dog or cat trim?
At one time it was thought that fat tissue just sat around storing excess calories and adding to body mass. However, scientific studies have shown that fat tissue can be biologically active, producing inflammatory hormones and causing oxidative stress on the body, this in turn contributes to many disease processes such as: cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc and can lead to psychological depression.
What do I do if I think my pet is overweight?
Get the right advice!
People have different ideas as to what a ‘normal’ weight is for their pet but fortunately there are guidelines that can help us establish to what extent your pet is over weight.
Feed the right food, in the right quantity, at the right time.
Join a slimming plan!
Many of the food companies have a slimming plan that gives help and encouragement to pet owners whose animals are on weight reducing foods. Most practices are involved in one or more of the programmes and can register you on the websites. They are great for keeping an accurate record of your pets progress and most companies will send you freebies for all your hard work!
In for the long haul….
Weight loss doesn’t happen over night, it is a long process that needs commitment from you the owner, particularly when things are going slowly.
We all love our companion animals and want them to have a happy, healthy and long life. By taking the first steps to help your overweight pet not only you are being a responsible owner but you will extend the time you have to spend with your best friend!
Don’t kill them with kindness! Help them enjoy life!
BEFORE….. AFTER !!!