Over Weight Pets
Are you concerned your pet is getting a bit large?
Recent research indicates that as many as 25 percent of cats and
dogs in the Western world are overweight. It seems that our pets
are subject to similar situations, that we as humans are being
introduced to. Weight issues are not only a concern for us but we
need to keep our pets within their limits as well.
Here are 4 steps to start with that give you a good guideline as
to where to begin in helping your pet obtain as well as maintain
its optimum weight.
1) Is your pet actually overweight?
For the most part in this area you can pretty much tell by looking
at our pet if they are fat or not. A good general rule to follow
is that if your pet is 10 to 20 percent over there ideal body
weight for their size and breed they can be considered overweight.
2) What are the risks?
There are a lot of risks that come along with a pet being
overweight. They can very from minor issues to very serious and
potentially lethal consequences. It also depends on the overall
health of the pet, the healthier the better. There is more detail
in the full version of this article on our website.
A lot of the health problems related to overweight can be treated
by proper diet and with assistance of your local vetrinarian and
treatment is generally successful, but you need to get things
checked out early.
This is the biggest area that has the most consequences in
relation to not only your pets weight but also the general overall
health of your pet.
A major concern when it comes to diet is the quality of food your
pet eats. If they are eating a lot of table scraps and such then
chances are good the pet is going to eventually run into a weight
problem. Pets need sufficient and proper proteins, vitamins,
minerals, live enzymes and amino acids n order to have sustain
proper weight balance and overall health.
This is a very important factor when it comes to the weight of
your pet. In this aspect pets are similar to humans. Lack of
excercise and too much lazing around and sooner or later it is
going to catch up to you, or in this case your pet.
You need to make sure your pet is up and around doing the things
it needs in a day in order to keep active and maintain a proper
The biggest thing is to always pay attention to your pets weight,
general rule is if the pet looks overweight then there is a good
chance that it is. As well as the other way if your pet looks
underweight then there is a good chance that may be a symptom of
As always if you are not sure about your pets weight or health
check with your local veterinarian, always put your pets health
and well being first and foremost, and when in doubt ask. These
articles are for information purposes only and are not in any way
meant to be a replacement for professional veterinairy advice.
The author Bradley Wallace is author and editor for
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