By VanEastVet, on Saturday, January 6th, 2018
New year, New you… sound familiar? For so many of us a new year includes a resolution to lose weight and get fit. Why not make 2018 the year you extend this promise to your pet?
Animal health professionals worldwide have been seeing an alarming increase in the number of overweight animals. Studies in North America now estimate that 35-55% of household pets are now outside of a healthy weight range!
Being overweight effects every part of your pet’s health and happiness. Vet clinics are seeing everything from dogs with sore joints and trouble breathing after light exercise, to cats too fat to groom themselves. Obese animals developing diabetes are diagnosed at a shocking rate.
So if you’ve got a plump pet, here’s some tips to help improve their quality of life!
1. Talk to your vet. They can assess your pet’s overall health, suggest the right foods, and give you an idea of how much weight your animal needs to lose – it might shock you!
2. The right food is key. Nutrition, taste and health support are all balanced in veterinary-grade food. Hills, Royal Canin, Purina and Rayne all have calorie controlled options to choose from, and formulas to support existing dietary requirements. Whether it be a novel protein for allergies or an SO index for urinary care, your local Vet staff can help you find the perfect fit.
3. Exercise! Set aside some time each day, even just 10-15 minutes to throw the ball for your dog, play with your cat or take a walk around the neighbourhood. Increase the pace as they get used to the routine.
4. Don’t ditch the treats, just choose wisely! Pet treats are similar to human ones. Most have lots of calories, low (or no) nutrition, and high levels of sugar and fat which wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, look for low-calorie training treats, snacks you can break down to size ( we love Rayne Rewards S.I.T. treats!) or go all-natural! Try apple slices, baked potato or yam, blueberries or pieces of steamed chicken or turkey breast.
5. Step on that scale! If your pet is to big for your bathroom scale, or if you don’t have one, drop into your vet clinic. The staff can help you monitor your progress, and it’s a great way to reduce your pet’s anxiety around visiting. Remember to bring some healthy treats as a reward!
Take a look at the guide below and make 2018 your pet’s healthiest year yet!