Should I Be Concerned About My Pet’s Weight?

You know that it is important to keep your weight within a healthy range, but what about your pet’s weight? 

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. If your dog or cat falls into the category of being overweight, it has the potential to negatively influence his health and wellbeing. 

Educate yourself on the signs of symptoms of pet obesity so that you can help your dog or cat enjoy a longer, healthier life. 

The Doggy Diet

Dogs who carry around extra weight are at higher risk of developing deadly diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. Your first step in tackling this issue is to speak with your pup’s veterinarian. Your vet may recommend reducing your dog’s daily caloric intake and strategically increasing exercise to help your furry friend drop a few pounds. 

For example, if your dog’s ideal weight is 50 pounds, he should eat 750 calories a day. However, if your dog’s ideal weight is only 10 pounds, he only needs 210 calories daily. Just be sure to help your dog transition into this new diet for about a week.

Kitty Weight Loss

Just like with dogs, obese cats face a higher risk of serious health conditions. The same guidelines apply to dogs and cats: you need to adjust your cat’s caloric intake and get creative to add more exercise into your cat’s regular activity. 

Use these tips to encourage your cat to get more exercise:

  • Play games that get your cat moving more than normal
  • Move her food bowl to a different place each day
  • Encourage her to chase flashlights and feather toys.
  • Provide plenty of water and affection so that your cat doesn’t fill the void with food

When in doubt, turn to Pet Urgent Care of Wesley Chapel. We are a fully equipped veterinary hospital offering ongoing and after-hours care for your pets. Our team is trained to provide all of the support your pet needs for improved health and a better life. Call (813) 279-6500 to make an appointment now.