Get Serious About Your Pet’s Weight Loss
If you’ve been noticing your dog or cat seems extra “fluffy” lately, take this opportunity to face the scale and make a weight loss plan.
“The rise in pet obesity can primarily be attributed to feeding habits—including overfeeding, high-calorie treats and table snacks,” says Dr. Joyce Login, a veterinarian at Zoetis. “Obesity has detrimental effects on the overall health and life span of pets, including osteoarthritis, diabetes and dermatological problems affecting skin, hair and coat.”
But many diseases can be avoided by maintaining a healthy weight, says Dr. Login.
Work with your veterinarian to determine the best weight loss regimen for your pet.
They can calculate the appropriate amount of calories your pet needs for daily requirements as well as the percentage of caloric decrease that should be done for weight loss to avoid hunger or losing weight too quickly.