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.

3)    Diet

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.

4)    Excercise

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 weight balance.

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 another problem.

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.


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The author Bradley Wallace is author and editor for CanadianPetCare.com. Their site provides one of the most comprehensive online locations dedicated to assisting pet owners with daily pet care. CanadianPetCare.com's goal is to continuously enhance your pet's life and your pet care abilities. Visit the siteget your free pet care newsletter and learn more about overall Pet Care, Pet Health, Pet Behavior, Training Pets, Pet Breeds and much more.

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