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Obesity Prevention for Pets

Keeping Pets at a Healthy Weight

Keeping a healthy weight is as important for our pets as it is for us!

If you think obesity is an epidemic that affects only people, you may be barking up the wrong tree. Pets also have to watch their weight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 44 percent of dogs and 57 percent of cats are overweight or obese and that percentage is rising, with older animals displaying an even higher incidence of falling victim to those extra pounds. Veterinarians report overweight pets are also more likely to suffer from arthritis, heart and respiratory diseases, liver disease, skin problems, hip and joint disorders and diabetes.

“Just as for people, eating right and getting exercise are fundamental to a pet’s health and true well being,” says board-certified veterinary nutritionist Edward Moser, MS, VMD, DACVN. “Paying attention to the ingredients and amount of food that your pet consumes, along with increasing their activity levels, will help the pounds come off and stay off.”

To help fat cats and pudgy pooches slim down, Dr. Moser says owners should choose a balanced diet with ingredients that can help naturally solve this challenging health problem. Like those recipes offered by Wellness® Natural Pet Food. For those plump feline friends, Wellness Healthy Weight  Dry Cat Food is just the remedy. This special lower calorie recipe is formulated to help them achieve their weight loss goals. A healthy blend of fiber satisfies hunger and guaranteed levels of glucosamine and chondroitin support overburdened hips and joints. For health striving canines, Wellness® Healthy Weight Deboned Chicken & Peas Recipe Dry Dog Food is a satisfying, lower-calorie blend of ingredients that helps less active dogs maintain a healthy body weight and overweight dogs lose weight. And it satisfies dogs’ appetites with increased fiber, reduced fat and a lower calorie count.

Instituting a controlled eating plan is a step in the right direction down your pet’s path to achieving wellbeing, but increasing your pet’s activity level is sure to help too. Exercise is essential for a pet’s happy and long life. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but regular exercise is key. Setting aside a period of time each day for your pet’s physical activity helps encourage a routine with your pet and also gives them something to look forward to. Take your dog for frequent walks and be certain your cat has room to romp. That can help them burn off excess calories. “Remember, 2 extra pounds on a small dog can be like 20 extra pounds on a person,” says Dr. Moser. “It’s important to watch your pet’s weight.”

4 Responses to “Obesity Prevention for Pets”

  1. Susan Getcehll says:

    My dog Jack who is a beagle is on the simple solutions line, lamb and rice formula, and i just recently started giving him some canned food, (the same rice and lamb) mixed with it to entice him a bit more. He is 38 pounds and i am feeding him 3/4 of a cup with 2 table spoons of the canned twice a day. I am concerned that he will gain weight by me giving him the canned food? if i keep him to that amount, is that okay? thank u so much, i appreciate your help this!

    Susan Getchell

  2. Kathy Engel says:

    I changed my dogs’ food to Wellness 5 Healthy Weight because of health and weight problems. They are doing so much better on this food but it seems like the 3 year old who had weight problems isn’t losing weight. I walk them twice a day, am and pm and they have a fenced in yard to play in. The 3 year old is more alert and peppy than she was on the other dogfood but still with the weight thing. They have been on this for around 3 weeks. Do I need to just give it time? I have to take them next week for their rabies shots and I don’t want the vet to fuss on me when I am doing all I can to help them. They get 1/2 cp am and 1/2 cp pm dry in warm water to make a gravy that they LOVE. Any suggestions? They get occasional bites of apple, carrots, green beans but not every day and only little bits.

  3. Allacen says:

    I have an older ESS who was not neutered until he was 7 years old- he is now 11- after he was neutered he developed rather severe allaergies that we do not seem to be able to control without allergy shots (cortizone) which I don’t like giving him and benedryl He las also become seriously overweight- when we walk him he seems to be panting like crazy and also itches more when we come home licking his feet incessently
    How can we resolve both dietary and allergy needs and help him lose the weight
    ? I am at a loss!

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