The Statistics Based on The Survey Carried Out in 2018 States That:
- 56% of dogs are either overweight or obese and similarly
- 60% of cats, little higher than dogs, are either overweight or obese.
And, if you’re in a quandary whether your furry pal is overweight or not then here are simple steps to follow according to the Dr. Ernie.
- Easily feel, count the dog’s ribs
- From the side: hourglass figure
- From the side: A slight tuck or upward slope of the tummy
If you find the opposite of these things than your furry pal is no doubt carrying that extra flap and packing on extra fat. If their bellies are reaching the ground then it is not the good thing and it’s really dangerous for their health.
Major Consequences Your Pet May Face Due to Overweight or Obesity
- Skin disorders
- Reduced life expectancy
- Diminished quality life
- Chronic inflammation
- Kidney dysfunction
- Respiratory disorders
- Early arthritis
- Metabolic disorders
Still, if you find it little tricky to figure out the shape of your pet for obesity, then here go for the next thing. Apparently, it may not be an easy-peasy job for all. When you still have the difficulty in figuring out whether your fur baby is weighing over the standard scale, then the best protocol is to take your vet’s opinion.
Visit Your Vet’s Office and Make It Your Call to Ask Your Veterinarian the Following:
- Is my pet overweight?
- How many calories should I feed my pet each day?
- How much weight should my pet lose in a month?
- What kinds of exercise should my pet do?
- Is my pet at risk for a medical problem due to excess weight?
So, if you find that your pet is overweight, then it is time to find out what steps you need to take to help them lose those extra pounds.
Once confirmed by your vet that your pet is weighing over the normal graph, it time to set the target and plan the schedule to shed those extra pounds.
Ways To Keep Your Pet’s Weight Under Control
- Visit your vet regularly for weight checkup
- Measure your pet’s food
- Avoid free feeding
- Maintain mealtime to control what you feed your pet pal
- Give treats occasionally
- Weigh your dog regularly
- Exercise your pet
- Go for regular walks
Here we share you everything that can help you put your pet on the optimal weight scale range. So, what are you waiting for? This National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, just buckle up your dog with a lease, tie up your laces, and get set march on a fight against your pet’s obesity.
So, do share your stories about what all things you are going to follow to take your pet pal back on the happy track.
David joined CanadaVetCare in 2013 as a product analyst and veterinary assistant. Being a passionate pet lover and keen animal health researcher, David had always found ways and solutions to help pet parents to improve their pets’ health. He is always happy to answer pet health-related queries and recommending pet parents for the right pet product for their furry companions.