Overweight dogs are prone to illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and canine diabetes, constant fatigue, and other debilitating and life-shortening problems.
A recent survey indicates over 50 percent of America’s pet population is overweight or obese. If you think your dog might be overweight, consult your veterinarian and follow these tips.
Here’s a simple way to see if your dog is overweight: Run your hands down the side of your dog. If you cannot easily find your dog’s ribs, your dog needs to lose weight.
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Make sure your pets weight gain isn’t something more serious like a heart, thyroid or other metabolic disorder.
Big Boned Breeds
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Overweight cats are less common than overweight dogs. Cats have a much better ability to regulate their own energy intake. However, being overweight adds stresses upon his body and puts your cat at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain. Here are some tips on keeping your cat in tip-top shape.
Is your cat too fat?
As a subjective assessment of body condition, you should be able to feel the backbone and palpate the ribs in an animal of healthy weight. If you cannot feel your pet’s ribs without pressing, there is too much fat Also, you should see a noticeable “waist” between the back of [...]
By participating in a weight loss program with your pet, you can improve the quality of life for you and your pet through increased exercise, a strengthened human-animal bond, and a fun and motivating way to trim down together. Here are some ideas for outdoor and indoor play.
Power Dog Walks with Intervals
Take your dog for a walk on a leash. Throughout the walk, mix in some intervals of jogging, running or high stepping to help increase your heart rate and burn calories for both you and your dog.
Just as you did so many times with your friends as a kid, play tag with your dog at your local dog park, in your backyard or even inside [...]