How Can I Help My Pets Lose Weight?
Q: My vet says my pets are a little overweight. What is the best way to help them get healthy?Q: My vet says my pets are a little overweight. What is the best way to help them get healthy?
A: It is very important not to let our pets become overweight. Overweight animals are more susceptible to certain diseases and joint problems. Lean animals tend to live longer than animals with excess weight. Most pet food stores carry special foods that can help in your pet stay lean or even lose weight. Diets designed for less active or senior pets tend to have less calories and fat.
There are also diets formulated specifically for weight loss. If over the counter diets don't work, your veterinarian will most likely carry prescription weight loss foods. Diet alone is not enough to get your pet to lose weight.
Exercise plays a big role in weight loss and dogs will greatly benefit from longer walks and more running. Indoor cats can be coaxed to exercise by playing with them with toys or laser lights which cats enjoy chasing.