Happy Tuesday! Our Tuesday Tip for today we are going to focus on weight management.
We see many senior pets that are overweight, possibly due to getting less exercise or getting table scraps for looking so cute! As much as you may love them and love giving those extra treats sometimes it’s not the best thing for our best friends.
Obesity can cause a lot of health issues on its own such as arthritis, respiratory stress, diabetes, and the potential to reduce their life span. Don’t worry though here are a few options to help with weight loss:
- Meal Feeding: do not free feed (leaving food out all the time). Free feeding causes your pet to snack throughout the day whenever they’d like.
- Avoid offering table food or extra treats
- Try food-dispensing toys or puzzles to keep them active
- Feed one of our veterinary exclusive diets which are tailored to keep your pet satisfied in between meals, while promoting safe weight loss
- If you are giving treats try giving low-calorie treats, our veterinary exclusive brands all include weight-loss treats so your pet can still be spoiled
If you are trying your pet on a weight management program we do recommend regular weight checks either at home or you can stop into the clinic at any time to weigh them on our scales. Regular weight checks are a good way to track your pet’s weight loss journey. If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, schedule an appointment with our veterinarians to see what the best course of action is for your individual pet.